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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Articles tagged: Shareef O’Neal

Shaq has great response to son’s joke about free throw shooting

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No amount of career accolades or championship rings will ever protect Shaquille O’Neal from being mocked over being one of the worst free-throw shooters the NBA has ever seen, and the Hall of Famer is still defending himself against those critics.

Earlier this week, Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal had a funny Instagram post about him and his brother Shaqir being heckled by fans for missed free throws. Shaq commented that his boys should fire back by reminding the haters “you daddy was the best to ever do it.”

Shaq has been known for putting people in body bags on social media, so it’s no surprise he couldn’t let that slide even from his own kids.

Shareef O’Neal cleared to resume basketball activity after heart surgery

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Shareef O’Neal underwent successful heart surgery back in December, and doctors have officially cleared the UCLA freshman to resume basketball activity just over three months later.

O’Neal shared the good news on social media Tuesday and thanked everyone for their support during his recovery.

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O’Neal, the son of basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, took a medical redshirt season after an electrical problem was discovered in his heart during a routine check in the fall. The surgery was expected to fix the problem and allow him to play at full strength in the future, and it sounds like he will be ready to play his sophomore year at UCLA.

Shaq’s son Shareef reportedly in good standing at UCLA despite allegation

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Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, reportedly is in good standing at UCLA despite an allegation of academic transcript tampering by a coach at another school.

The Arizona Wildcats announced on Wednesday that they had suspended assistant coach Mark Phelps indefinitely for an alleged NCAA rule violation. ESPN reported that Phelps is accused of a violation involving the academic transcripts of O’Neal. O’Neal was an Arizona commit before backing away amid the Sean Miller scandal and later choosing UCLA.

Ben Bolch, who covers UCLA athletics for the Los Angeles Times, reported on Twitter Sunday that O’Neal is in good standing at UCLA despite the allegation.

O’Neal has not played this season after undergoing heart surgery in December. The Bruins have been a huge disappointment and are only 12-12 this season.

Shareef O’Neal thanks fans for support after undergoing heart surgery

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Shareef O’Neal made it out of his heart surgery successfully on Thursday night, and he had his fans in mind afterwards.

The UCLA Bruin sent a tweet in the evening thanking his fans for all the “love and support,” saying that helped him through his surgery.

O’Neal, the son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, was part of a highly-touted recruiting class at UCLA, but he is taking a medical redshirt season after an electrical problem was discovered in his heart during a routine check in the fall. The surgery is supposed to correct the issue and help O’Neal play at full strength in the future.

O’Neal has faced this potential scary situation with nothing but optimism. That positive attitude should serve him well throughout his recovery.

Shareef O’Neal sends awesome tweet ahead of heart surgery

Shareef O’Neal was part of UCLA’s highly-anticipated recruiting class for this season, but his ability to contribute on the court was put on hold after doctors discovered he had a heart problem.

Shareef, the son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, underwent a routine medical examination in the fall and doctors discovered his heart had an electrical issue that surgery should correct.

O’Neal is set to undergo the surgery next month. He has been supporting his Bruins teammates all along and sent this great tweet on Wednesday:

The prospect of facing heart surgery seems downright terrifying. O’Neal is approaching it with optimism and the belief that he will be even better afterwards.

Shaq’s son talks about being able to relate to LeBron’s son

There are only a handful of people in the world who could even come close to understanding what it is like to be the son of LeBron James, and Shareef O’Neal is one of them. With LeBron Jr. gaining so much popularity lately, O’Neal tried to put things in perspective.

O’Neal, the 18-year-old son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, took to Instagram on Thursday to shed some light on how much he can relate to LeBron Jr., aka Bronny.

“Bronny … One kid I can relate to a lot … we both kind of have it the same way, being the son of an NBA legend isn’t easy and to get all of this at a young age is a real challenge to adjust to,” O’Neal wrote. “Bronny has it a little bit worse than I do, but the difference between him and I, he can back his up at such a young age .. when I would get hate from people in the crowd at 14/15 years old .. I would choke up and wouldn’t play my game and I’m still getting the hang of it .. it’s all a journey … this kid has it all! I’m looking forward to seeing him kill it for the rest of his career! Love.”

Bronny is 14 and has already made an unofficial visit to Duke with some of his AAU teammates. One of his AAU games was cancelled earlier this week due to security concerns over the number of people who were packed into the gym, so that should give you a sense of the unprecedented amount of buzz surrounding him.

O’Neal can certainly relate on many levels, as we saw what happened after he decommitted from Arizona earlier this year. Both Bronny and Shareef obviously have opportunities in life most kids couldn’t dream of having, but their situations have plenty of challenges, too.

Shareef O’Neal says he has received threats since decommitting from Arizona

Shareef O’Neal says he has received threats from fans since decommitting from the University of Arizona.

A day after ESPN published its report about Sean Miller being caught on a wiretap discussing a payment to a player, O’Neal announced he was decommitting from the Wildcats. A few days later, the high school senior said he had committed to one of Arizona’s Pac-12 rivals, UCLA.

Then on Friday, Brandon Williams, a four-star point guard from Los Angeles, announced that he was decommitting from Arizona as well.

Shortly after Williams announced his decision, O’Neal sent the following tweet about receiving threats.

A look at O’Neal’s mentions on Twitter showed a fair amount of both support for his decision and negativity from fans. Most Arizona fans kept it tame and stuck to expressing a desire to beat O’Neal’s new team. But of course there were a few who were negative. Many of the fans seem to be upset because they believe O’Neal lost faith in the program after a report emerged that may turn out to have some inaccuracies.