Father of 6 Shaquille O’Neal Finally Breaks Silence on Son Shareef Hiding Major Detail About NBA Career From Him

Published 06/22/2022, 8:00 PM EDT
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: (L-R) Shareef O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, and Shaqir O’Neal attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant NBA players ever. The NBA legend had a long and illustrious career. His son, Shareef, is following in his footsteps. It will be great to see another O’Neal play in the NBA after a long time. Shareef has already completed pre-draft workouts for the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

But The Big Diesel was surprised by his son. He revealed in the podcast that he hadn’t talked to Shareef about coming to Atlanta. Shaq mostly does his podcasts and shows from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

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Shaq said, “…He is a grown man. What I am experiencing now is a bit of déjà vu. When my dad said ‘Okay you are a man? Beat it.’ I was a man. I did what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do. I moved where I wanted to move. My dad respected me”… He mentioned that he will respect all his kids and to them, he will always be their daddy and pillow for them to lean on. Shaq said that kids aren’t babies anymore and all they have to do is let him know that they are.

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Shaq has also said that Shareef is following his career path. If it was up to him, then his son wouldn’t have declared for the draft just yet. His son, Shareef, played for his alma mater, Louisiana State University, in 2020. Now, he and his son are waiting to see if any NBA team is willing to pick him or not.

Shaquille O’Neal had reservations about Shareef’s plans

Shareef O’Neal, a potential NBA Draft pick, may want to emulate his famous father, but that doesn’t warrant his father’s approval. There have been a lot of tensions regarding this move, according to Shareef O’Neal. He has mentioned that they have bumped heads due to this. According to the younger O’Neal, his father wanted him to stay at school. “…I wanted to better myself through this. He knows I’m working out with teams. But I’m not going to lie, we ain’t talked about this…” said Shareef.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Shaquille O’Neal (center) with his family attends the “Uncle Drew” New York Premiere on June 26, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Shaq might just be correct. In three seasons at UCLA and LSU, Shareef played in 37 games. He only scored 2.6 points per game on average in college, and while playing for UCLA, he required heart surgery.

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He is not expected to get drafted on Thursday, but that hasn’t hassled Shareef. He is hopeful that his workouts might just attract teams.

Do you think Shareef O’Neal would be drafted? Let us know in the comments.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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