NBA Champion Shaq’s son offers tough criticism as he tries to break into the league: ‘I need to work harder’

NBA Champion Shaq’s son offers tough criticism as he tries to break into the league: ‘I need to work harder’

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One of Shaquille O’Neal’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammates was heavily criticized after his son played in the NBA Summer League in July.

Sheriff O’Neal was on the Lakers’ summer team but didn’t do enough to earn a spot on the roster. According to The Athletic, he has signed a deal with G League Ignite.


Los Angeles Lakers forward Sharif O’Neal, #45, guards Miami Heat forward Nikola Jovic, #5, during the third quarter during the California Summer League at Chase Center on July 2, 2022 in San Francisco.
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Robert Horry, who won three of his seven rings with the Lakers, said on an episode of the “Big Shot Bob” podcast that he wasn’t sure the younger O’Neal had what it took to make it in the NBA.

“I picked up my phone, and I was getting ready to call Shaq like, ‘Yo man, you gotta tell your kid … he can’t play without the damn O’Neal name. He’s got to go out there and play.’ He’s someone you have to work extra hard on,” Horry said.

Los Angeles Lakers' Rick Fox (L), Robert Horry, #5, And Shaquille O'Neal Celebrate During Game 2 Of The Nba Finals Against The New Jersey Nets On June 7, 2002 In Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Rick Fox (L), Robert Horry, #5, and Shaquille O’Neal celebrate during Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets on June 7, 2002 in Los Angeles.
(Reuters/Fred Graves)

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“You know he’s a beautiful son of a sheriff, I don’t know if he’s got that dog in him to go out there and take what he wants.”

Shareef O’Neal played three seasons in college between UCLA and LSU. He averaged 2.6 points and 3 rebounds in 37 games. He never went to college.

Los Angeles Lakers Forward Shareef O'Neal, #45, Reacts After A Game During An Nba Summer League Game Against The Charlotte Hornets On Thomas &Amp;  Mack Center In Las Vegas On July 10, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal, #45, reacts after a game during an NBA Summer League game against the Charlotte Hornets on Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on July 10, 2022
(Stephen R. Silvani-USA Today Sports)

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O’Neal averaged 4 points in four summer league games for the Lakers.


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