“You’ll Be as Good as Shaq”: NBA Fans Heap Praise on Shaquille O’Neal’s Son Shareef After Another Impressive Performance

Published 01/14/2022, 7:00 AM EST


Shaquille O’Neal was one of the best players of his generation. He won four championships in his NBA career, three with the Lakers and one with the Heat. Shaq has been credited with revolutionizing the role of a center in the NBA. Now, Shaq’s sons have been making their names in the industry and are determined to make it to the NBA.

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Shaq‘s eldest son, Shareef O’Neal, currently plays for LSU Tigers in the Southeastern Conference. He earlier played for UCLA basketball and transferred to LSU in 2020. Shaquille O’Neal also played for LSU Tigers in his college days. Shareef plays as a power forward and was ranked among the best high school players of his class.

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However, he suffered a foot injury that kept him out for some games during the 2021 season. Shareef is now the talk of the town with his incredible performance for LSU as he played his first game of the 2021-22 season. Many fans took to social media to praise him for his performance at LSU.

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Shareef O’Neal receives praise after an incredible performance for LSU, gets compared with father Shaquille O’Neal

Shareef was playing in his first game of the season for LSU Tigers in Florida. He recorded 4 points and 4 rebounds in 13 mins. It may not be a big number, but it helped the team and made the difference at that point in time. NBA Twitter reacted to his performance and heaped praise on the 22-year-old. Following are some of the best reactions to Shareef’s performance.

Talking about numbers, it may not be as good as Darius Days (20 points) or Eric Gaines (15 points) in the game. But his impact on the court helped the team win 64-58 in Florida. This was the Tigers’ third straight SEC win.

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“We’ve been working Shareef out. We’ve been working with him,” LSU coach Will Wade said.

“We didn’t know when his time would come, but he was ready to go. I texted with him Sunday, and said, ‘Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready. I don’t know exactly when your time’s coming, but your time’s gonna come. Be ready to roll.'” [h/t theadviser.com]

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This was Shareef’s 2nd season for LSU. Last season, he averaged 2.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 14.6 mins per game in the 10 games he played. His first season with the Tigers was restricted to 10 games due to his injury.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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