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Shareef O’Neal responds to criticism from former Laker

Shareef O'Neal in basketball uniform

Jul 10, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal (45) reacts after a play during an NBA Summer League game against the Charlotte Hornets at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Shareef O’Neal responded to criticism from former Los Angeles Lakers big man Robert Horry about the youngster’s chances of being a successful NBA player.

O’Neal played for the Lakers during this year’s NBA Summer League, but did not end up making the team.

During an episode of Horry’s “Big Shot Bob Pod with Robert Horry” podcast released last week, Horry criticized O’Neal’s effort.

“I picked up my phone, and I was getting ready to call Shaq like, ‘Yo man, you gotta tell your son…he can’t be playing off the damn O’Neal name,’” Horry said, via Lakers Daily. “You gotta put forth some more effort man. You know Shareef’s such a nice kid, that I don’t know if he has that dog in him to go out there and take what he wants.”

O’Neal took the high road on Wednesday, tweeting a gracious response to Horry’s take.

“I know this outta love and no disrespect!!!” O’Neal wrote. “I got you BIG SHOT but you know who raised me, I don’t quit. Always been taught to go get it and take it. Been heading in the right step…like I said I got you! You’ll see.”

O’Neal has almost impossible expectations to live up to with a Hall-of-Fame father, but is in a solid position for being an undrafted player who only scored 97 points in three college seasons.

While O’Neal did not make the Lakers’ roster, he did sign a reported six-figure contract to play with the G League Ignite for next season. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game over six total Summer League appearances.

Shareef O’Neal lands major G League deal

Shareef O'Neal in basketball uniform

Jul 10, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal (45) reacts after a play during an NBA Summer League game against the Charlotte Hornets at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquille O’Neal’s son is headed to the league … the NBA G League, that is.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Monday that Shareef O’Neal has landed a contract to play with the G League Ignite next season. The contract is worth a reported six figures.

The 22-year-old Shareef went undrafted this year but played for the Los Angeles Lakers at NBA Summer League. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game over six total appearances.

Shareef recently revealed that he had disagreements with his famous father over the decision to turn pro. But a sizable contract to play in the G League is a great outcome for Shareef, especially for a player who scored just 97 total points over three years of college.

Shareef O’Neal shares awesome throwback video amid Lakers news

Shareef O'Neal at a game

Sep 1, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins Shareef O’Neal attends the BIG3 championship game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shareef O’Neal is digging deep into the archives after landing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Shareef, son of retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, reached an agreement on Thursday to play for the Lakers during NBA Summer League this year. He celebrated by tweeting out a very cool throwback video of himself as a toddler. In the video, Shareef was wearing a Lakers jersey in the stands.

The 6-foot-10 forward Shareef was born in 2000, so that video was likely from the era when his father was leading the Lakers to three straight NBA titles from 2000 to 2002.

This is a great outcome for Shareef, who averaged just 2.6 points per game in college and went undrafted on Thursday. Shaq is probably happy to see his son land in the purple and gold as well, but Shareef does not quite have Shaq’s full approval right now.

Shaq having 1 big disagreement with son Shareef over his future

Shaq looks on

Nov 22, 2017; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; NBA former player Shaquille O’Neal during the first half of the game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Arizona Wildcats in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis in Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Shaquille O’Neal is apparently not seeing eye-to-eye with his son Shareef on one significant matter.

Shareef, who is eligible for the NBA Draft this year, revealed to reporters on Tuesday that he has butted heads with his Hall of Fame father over the predraft process because Shaq wanted him to stay in school.

“I’m a grown man,” noted Shareef, per Bill Oram of The Athletic. “I’m 22 years old. I can make my own decision.”

The 6-foot-10 forward Shareef had some college eligiblity left, having been a redshirt junior for the LSU Tigers last season. But Shareef decided to forgo that eligibility and is now working out for some notable NBA teams.

Shaq has gone viral before for his wise parenting, so it makes sense that he wanted Shareef to graduate from school instead, especially since Shareef averaged just 2.6 points per game over three college seasons. Hopefully though, Shareef’s bet on himself ends up paying off.

Shareef O’Neal works out for another one of father Shaq’s old NBA teams

Shareef O'Neal at a game

Sep 1, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins Shareef O’Neal attends the BIG3 championship game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shareef O’Neal continues to make the rounds with some familiar teams.

Shareef, the 22-year-old son of Hall of Fame big man Shaquille O’Neal, told reporters on Friday that he had worked out for the Miami Heat on the day prior, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic. Shareef also worked out for the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Shareef’s father, of course, enjoyed a frutiful career as a Heat player. Shaq played in Miami from 2004 to 2008, making multiple All-NBA First Teams and winning a championship in 2006. The Heat are still largely run by the same management (most notably, owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley) as they were when Shaq played for them.

As for Shareef, he only averaged 2.6 points per game overall in his college career but is drawing increased buzz because of his lineage. In addition to the Heat, Shareef is also working out with another prominent NBA team that his father played for.

Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal gets workout with very fitting NBA team

Shareef O'Neal at a game

Sep 1, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins Shareef O’Neal attends the BIG3 championship game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shareef O’Neal may be getting his Hollywood fairy tale.

Jovan Buha of The Athletic reported on Thursday that O’Neal, the son of retired Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, has a workout scheduled this week with none other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Buha also says that O’Neal, who is eligible to be selected in this month’s NBA Draft, has already worked out for Milwaukee in addition to scheduled visits with Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington, and others.

The 22-year-old O’Neal is a 6-foot-10 forward. He was able to overcome a heart condition and played sparingly for UCLA before transferring to LSU, his father’s alma mater. O’Neal spent two years with the Tigers, averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 14 appearances last season.

The Lakers would be a very fitting landing spot for O’Neal. His father played for them from 1996 to 2004, winning three consecutive titles over that span. The elder O’Neal remains a beloved figure in the organization, having gotten his No. 34 jersey retired by the Lakers in 2013 and getting his own statue built outside of the Lakers’ home arena in 2017.

Expectations for the younger O’Neal are low given his sparse production and playing time in college. But he had a recent moment that will already forever endear him to the Lakers organization.

Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal set to transfer from LSU

Shareef O'Neal at a game

Shareef O’Neal appears to be moving on from his father’s alma mater.

O’Neal has entered the transfer portal, according to Travis Branham of 247 Sports. This will mark O’Neal’s second transfer in as many seasons.

Shareef, the son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, originally played for UCLA before transferring to LSU, where his father starred. Ultimately, his career there did not go as planned, thanks in part to injuries. He played in only 14 games this past season, averaging 9.2 minutes per game.

O’Neal may have another reason to leave LSU, as the program is facing major sanctions thanks in part to former head coach Will Wade. O’Neal may not want to be involved in any of that, and he is unlikely to be the last to leave the Tigers as a result.

Photo: Sep 1, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins Shareef O’Neal attends the BIG3 championship game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shaq called out by son Shareef for playing ‘super dirty’

Shaq sitting courtside

Is Shaquille O’Neal a bad sport when it comes to pickup basketball? His son Shareef sure thinks so.

Shareef, a junior forward at LSU, said he hasn’t played his father one-on-one in about five years. Part of that may be because, in the younger O’Neal’s estimation, Shaq “plays super dirty” and “fouls a lot.”

“If we score on him, he’ll say it’s a travel,” Shareef told Josh Peter of USA Today. ‘He’ll say anything. I won, but he wants to say he won because he was playing dirty.”

The younger O’Neal added that his father won’t play him or brother Shaqir anymore and avoids any requests to join their games.

“All he does is just kind of stunt on us,” Shareef said. “He’ll tell us, ‘No, I’ve been doing this for 20 years.’ He’s like, ‘I taught you everything you know.’ He’ll say how many (NBA championship) rings he has.”

We do know Shaq and Shareef have a good relationship with some pretty fun banter. There’s little doubt that Shaq would have a very different interpretation of how these pickup games went, but you can understand why he might not want to go after a college basketball player in peak shape these days.

Mar 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; NBA former player Shaquille O’Neal watches a game between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors in the third quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Shareef O’Neal pays tribute to Kobe Bryant with jacket

Shareef O'Neal

Shareef O’Neal was close with Kobe Bryant and paid tribute to the late former Laker with a cool jacket.

Shareef, who is the son of Shaquille O’Neal, shared a photo on Instagram Saturday that showed him wearing the style of jacket that Kobe wore after winning the NBA championship in 2002.

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That was the third of three championships in a row won by the Lakers. They beat the Pacers in 2000, the 76ers in 2001, and they swept the Nets in the 2002 NBA Finals.

Shaq and Kobe teamed up for those three championships before the team broke apart. Shaq later won a championship in Miami, while Kobe won two more with the Lakers. Whatever tension that existed between Shaq and Kobe was later worked out by the two stars, and Shaq has spoken glowingly about Kobe since January’s fatal helicopter crash.

You may also recall that Kobe texted Shareef hours before his death. Shareef began his college basketball career at UCLA but has since transferred to LSU.

Shareef O’Neal explains how he uses Kobe Bryant’s final text message as motivation

Shareef O'Neal

Shareef O’Neal was one of the last people Kobe Bryant reached out to before the Los Angeles Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash earlier this year, and O’Neal says that has been a great source of motivation for him over the past several months.

Bryant checked in on O’Neal, who is the son of Shaquille O’Neal, the morning of the helicopter crash. Kobe sent Shareef a text message asking him, “You good fam?” O’Neal opened up about what that meant to him in a recent interview with B/R Hoops, and he said he now has a screenshot of the text saved as the background on his phone.

O’Neal announced just days before Kobe’s death that he was transferring from UCLA, so Kobe may have been checking in on him to see how things were going with that. O’Neal also took a medical redshirt as a freshman after doctors discovered he had a heart condition for which he underwent surgery.

While Shaq has indicated he has regrets over not remaining in closer contact with Kobe in recent years, it is clear the two Lakers legends were family. Shareef now has the text message from Kobe as a reminder that Bryant was thinking about him.