Millionaire Shaquille O’Neal Once Unintentionally Splashed $21,000 on Son Shareef O’Neal at Mega Auction

Published 06/16/2022, 9:09 AM 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 hyped up the prices of a dazzling Rolex watch at an auction to buy it for his eldest son, Shareef. The bidding started at $15,000. Shaq kept upping the price till he finally sealed the deal for a crisp $21,000.

In fact, Shaq implored his son to raise his hand for the final bidding. Shareef reluctantly followed his father’s orders. And eventually, the O’Neal family easily bagged the bidding war.

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Shareef couldn’t believe at first that his dad just bought him a Rolex worth more than 20 grand. In fact, he asked Shaq for confirmation if he can really keep the watch. The Big Diesel nodded in approval and Shareef’s face lit up with genuine happiness.

Shaquille O’Neal as a responsible father

Shaq grew up in a single-parent household. His mother, Lucille O’Neal, did her best to raise him and his siblings on her own. Shaq often talks about his mother’s sacrifices to take care of all their necessities.

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Shaquille O’Neal (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by his father Philip Harrison (L) after the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 106-88 in Game Two of the NBA Western Conference first round play-offs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA 26 April, 2001. O’Neal was the high scorer with 32 points as the Lakers take a 2-0 lead in the series. AFP PHOTO/ Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP via Getty Images)

Moreover, Shaquille O’Neal also talks about the influence his step-father had in his life. He disciplined a young Shaq, fidgeting on the fringes of delinquency. In fact, he taught him the responsibilities and duties of a man.

Shaq frequently expresses his gratitude to his step-father for instilling in him the principles required to succeed in life. Therefore, Shaq tries his best to follow in his father’s footsteps and do his best to take care of his expansive family.

His parenting is a rare mixture of love, discipline, and a lot of humor. Shaq and his ex-wife Shaunie’s parenting has really made Shareef and his siblings responsible, successful, and productive.

Shareef O’Neal and his basketball career

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Shareef O’Neal has reportedly been deemed eligible for the 2022 NBA draft. But it is highly unlikely that he will be drafted by any team. In fact, he is more likely to get invited to the summer league. And from there he can look for a spot in the NBA’s G-league, preferably in an affiliate team of an NBA franchise.

Shareef had to undergo heart surgery in 2018 while playing for UCLA for some underlying heart issues. In 2020, he transferred to the LSU Tigers. There he averaged 2.9 points in 14 games last season.

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Shareef has recently received invitations to work out with the Lakers and a few other NBA teams. Can he play in the NBA one day? Comment below.

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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.

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