Following Max Verstappen’s Victory, LeBron James Celebrates With Shaquille O’Neal’s Son at His F1 Miami Grand Prix Birthday Bash

Published 05/09/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 8, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the Miami Grand Prix REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The most elite motor sports event in the world against a backdrop of swaying palm trees in the soft coastal breeze of the sunshine state would be a blockbuster. The inaugural Miami Grand Prix saw the crème de la crème of American socialites congregate in the paddock for a dazzling display of motor racing.


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The star assembly included Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, David Beckham, Serena Williams, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Shawn Mendes, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, and many others.

LeBron attends Myles O’Neal’s Birthday bash in Miami

Incidentally, Shaquille O’Neal’s son Myles O’Neal had his birthday bash as Max Verstappen snatched a well-deserved victory over Charles Leclerc in the first-ever Miami GP.


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Myles celebrated his 25th birthday with a Lakers legend. No, not his father Shaq. LeBron James dropped by the young DJ’s party while he was attending the race.



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Myles posted a picture on Instagram of him and LeBron enjoying the occasion on Sunday, along with his brother, Shareef O’Neal. The up-and-coming DJ, who also starred in the E! reality tv show ‘Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules’ and a bunch of other shows, had the time of his life this weekend in Miami with his friends and family.

This season has not been the kindest to LeBron and the Lakers, to say the least. The purple and gold roster comprised five future Hall-of-Famers and two MVPs. But they still failed miserably to qualify, even for the play-in tournament.

Mar 16, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) looks on against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

However, LeBron was phenomenal as usual, even at 37. He averaged a staggering 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists. It is safe to say he’s earned his rest in the offseason.

Race-day in Miami: Verstappen inches closer to Leclerc

Max Verstappen registered his name in the history books on Sunday after winning the inaugural Miami Grand Prix. This is his third win this season. With two back-to-back wins, he is now just 19 points behind Leclerc in the Drivers’ championship scuffle.


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Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 7, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates after qualifying in pole position with second place Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Although Leclerc started on pole position, he had to settle for P2. Hamilton was disappointed again with a paltry P6.

In the Constructors’ championship, Ferrari leads Red Bull by 6 points. Mercedes is currently languishing at third place with almost a 60-point deficit.


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It will be interesting to see how the season unfolds for the drivers and the teams. However, there’s no denying that the first ever Miami GP was a glittering success.



Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.