Shaquille O’Neal’s Son Shareef, Set to Sign Up for the NBA Draft, Ready to Spend $5 Million on “G.O.A.T.” Kobe Bryant’s Lakers Jersey

Published 06/14/2022, 2:37 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)

Shareef O’Neal, the eldest son of legendary NBA player Shaquille O’Neal and his ex-wife Shaunie, believes that $5 million is worthwhile to spend on a game-worn Kobe Bryant jersey. The upcoming 2022 draft prospect declared Kobe Bryant the ‘G.O.A.T.’ and admitted that the Lakers legend’s jersey is worth every penny.

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Shaquille O’Neal left Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in 2004, only four years after Shareef’s birth. Therefore, Shareef didn’t have the opportunity to witness his dad form arguably the greatest duo in basketball. But that didn’t diminish his appreciation for Bryant’s greatness as a basketball player or his understanding of the intertwined nature of Kobe and his dad’s legacy.

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Shareef O’Neal thinks $5 million is worthwhile for Kobe’s game-worn jersey

A reporter asked for Shareef’s opinion regarding a game-worn jersey of Kobe Bryant in a minute-long street interview. Shareef’s eyes immediately lit up and his attention shifted completely to the reporter.

When informed that a Bryant game jersey is projected to bid at $3million-$5 million, Shareef hardly seemed surprised. In fact, he probably expected the price to be a bit more. Afterward, the reporter asked him if it was worth every penny.

For sure. Most definitely is,” replied Shareef, who accepted the reporter’s assessment that this could be one of the biggest jersey auctions in NBA history. He also had no point of contention with accepting Kobe Bryant as the ‘G.O.A.T.’. “Facts it is. And we in LA. $5 million, I expect it.”

According to recent reports, Shareef O’Neal has been deemed eligible for the upcoming 2022 draft. Various teams have shown interest in the 22-year-old power forward. Shareef has reportedly been selected for a Lakers workout.

It is very unlikely that any NBA team would select O’Neal in the upcoming draft, as Shareef had to undergo heart surgery in 2018. Therefore, his college stats are underwhelming, to say the least. However, he might get an invitation to the summer league and look to use that time to secure a spot in the NBA’s G-League.

Shaquille O’Neal as an NBA head coach

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Shareef was also asked about his father Shaquille O’Neal‘s chances as an NBA head coach. The former UCLA recruit didn’t dismiss the idea.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Shaquille O’Neal arrives ahead of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

He admitted that his dad does have sound basketball knowledge. Moreover, he has coached teams in high school and AAU tournaments and won championships.

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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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