“Orlando Shaq And Early 00s Kobe Would’ve 5peated”: Lakers Twitter Goes Wild After Spotting Shaquille O’Neal in the Crowd vs Magic

Published 01/21/2022, 10:03 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal laughs as he attends the unveiling of the Shaq Courts at the Doolittle Complex donated by Icy Hot and the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation in partnership with the city of Las Vegas on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Icy Hot)

After a disappointing run at home, the Los Angeles Lakers were slated to take to the road. They faced the Orlando Magic with the hope to get back to winning ways. However, while their team may not be doing well, the Lakers fans had another reason to celebrate. Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal made an appearance at the game.

NBA Twitter went wild as they spotted the Big Diesel in the crowd for the Lakers-Magic game.

MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement Press Conference on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

Shaq is one of the biggest attractions in basketball. The big man has made a name for himself on the court and continues to stay close to the game as an analyst. But it seems he couldn’t miss the matchup of his two prime teams. The Big Aristotle checked in to the game between the Lakers and Orlando Magic.


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Shaquille O’Neal checks in at the Lakers-Magic game

Laker fans don’t have many reasons to celebrate with the team not doing so well. But with Shaq coming in, it made the fans all happy. They started making comparisons of what O’Neal could have done in this era of basketball. While it is still unclear which side he is supporting, it is great to see Shaquille O’Neal come in for the game.

Shaq showing up surely made many Lakers fans’ day. However, did the Lake show deliver with a legend in the house? So far, things have been pretty close in the ball game. The Laker’s offense crumbled towards the halfway point, which led the Magic to gain an 8 point lead going into the half. But the Lake show made a resounding comeback in the third quarter.


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Unsurprisingly, LeBron James led the way for the purple and gold outfit. Just over the hill, The King had accumulated 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists so far while having an efficient game. Russell Westbrook also kept chopping in well with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Stanley Johnson continues to impress with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists toward that stage.

Rookie Jalen Suggs has come up big time for the Magic so far. He has added 13 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 blocks. Wendell Carter Jr. has set himself up for a big night as well, with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Franz Wagner and Mo Bamba have combined for 22 points.


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However, in the end, the Lake show played lights out and walked over on top. They will look to play more consistent basketball in the days and weeks going forward.



Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.