Shaquille O’Neal Trash Talks Son Shaqir During Late Night Training to Toughen Him Up:”I Got 4 Rings You Ain’t Got 4 Rings”

Published 01/09/2022, 3:30 PM EST
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)


Fans have often been treated to NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s fun side. Whether it is on the basketball field or off it during his hilarious antics on TNT.

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The popular web series “Life of Shaq” shows the daily life and adventures of the man himself. During the fourth episode of the second season, we can see Shaq spending some time with his family and children.

In the episode, Shaquille O’Neal can be seen having some fun with his youngest son Shaqir O’Neal on the basketball court. Shaq proudly boasts of his achievements while playing ball with his son.

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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)

Shaquille O’Neal trash talks his son:

The whole episode is centered around Shaq and his children, particulary his youngest son Shaqir. Earlier in the episode, Shaqir mentions that he wants to stay at home with his father in Atlanta. The reason being, Shaq knows everything about winning and Shaqir feels he can go the next level with the help of Shaq’s guidance.

We can see Shaquille O’Neal enjoying a game of basketball with his son. During the game Shaq hilariously misses the net multiple times. 

When one of his children remark upon Shaq shooting an air ball, he resorts to trash talking. Shaq says,”I’m a hall of famer you are not. I got 4 rings, you ain’t got 4 rings so it doesn’t matter.”

Shaquille O’Neal never fails to disappoint the audience with his antics.

The player Shaq could never trash talk with

Shaquille O’Neal was a dominating figure all the while when he was still playing in the league. This led to some interesting matchups with his opponents.

One of them is Tim Duncan of San Antonio Spurs. Shaquille O’Neal had also mentioned in his book, ‘Shaq Uncut’, how complex trash talking with Duncan was.

He says, “The Spurs won because of Tim Duncan, a guy I could never break. I could talk trash to Patrick Ewing, get in David Robinson’s face, get a rise out of Alonzo Mourning, but when I went at Tim he’d look at me like he was bored and then say, ‘Hey, Shaq, watch this shot right here off the glass.’”

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The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers faced off against each other a lot and O’Neal was given the responsibility of guarding Duncan. Shaq faced great difficulties because he just could not get inside Duncan’s head unlike the others he very easily trash talked.

Shaq also mentions the respect he has for Tim Duncan as he refers to him as the ‘laid-back, one-hundred-acre farm don’ while calling himself the ‘loud East coast boss’.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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