“That’s My Boy”: Shaquille O’Neal’s Ex-Wife Shaunie Was Proud of Her Son’s Massive Play

Published 02/11/2023, 12:30 PM EST

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Reality TV star Shaunie Henderson recently took to social media to show her support for one of her children. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has four of his six children pursuing the game of basketball at various levels. While Me’arah is still playing high school basketball, both Amirah and Shaqir O’Neal play college basketball for Texas Southern University. Notably, Shareef O’Neal plays in the G-League after playing NBA summer league with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Basketball Wives star shared her excitement about Shaqir’s huge play recently.

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Shaunie was excited about Shareef O’Neal’s slam

Shareef O’Neal declared for the 2022 NBA draft despite his father’s advice not to but went undrafted. The Los Angeles Lakers selected him for their summer league team. Shareef showed flashes of brilliance when given game time. However, he was not very consistent, and he did not make the Lakers’ final roster. The Las Vegas Ignite from the G-League then signed him for a six-figure contract. During a recent game, Shareef made a huge highlight play which got his mother, Shaunie, excited.

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The Ignite recently took on the Austin Spurs away from home. Early in the game, Shareef hustled for an offensive rebound and slammed the ball hard with one hand. As a proud mother, Shaunie took to Instagram stories and shared the video clip with the caption, “That’s my boy!!! @shareefoneal”.

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Shareef struggled with his heart issues during his college years and many thought he might not play basketball again. However, he beat all odds and started playing again after the heart surgery. However, his health condition hampered his development a bit. Despite this, he is still trying to carve out his professional career. He is currently averaging 5.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in 11.8 minutes per game in 7 games. He has been consistent from the field with a field goal percentage of 56.5.

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Shaquille O’Neal and his son were not on the same page when Shareef wanted to declare for the NBA draft. The four-time NBA champion wanted Shareef to complete his school before giving a go at his basketball career. However, the power forward was clear in his decision, and started pre-draft workouts with different teams.

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Even though his son did not listen to his advice, Shaq was happy about his son for sticking to his decision. Furthermore, the 2000 NBA MVP shared how proud he was about some of his son’s achievements. Even though Shareef’s numbers are not as great as his father’s, his grind is true, and it has to be applauded.

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.
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