Shareef O’Neal was barely 6 months old when his father, Shaquille O’Neal, partnered with Kobe Bryant to win the first of three championship titles for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Elder O’Neal retired his No. 34 shirt in Los Angeles in 2013, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
However, when the younger O’Neal attended a pre-drill training at the Lakers Training Center on Tuesday, it was not his father’s blessing.
“We have this process in mind,” O’Neal, 22, told a news conference. “He wanted me to stay in school. I wanted to get better through it. He knows I’m training with the teams. But I’m not lying, we haven’t talked about it. I’m just like that. [Orlando Magic]so it’s a different grind.
“So, he didn’t want me to do that, and I know he probably doesn’t want me to say that, but I’m sorry. We’re both adults, we’ll get over it.”
O’Neal is about to end a difficult college career, playing only 37 games with UCLA and LSU in three seasons.
His average of 2.6 points on 40.5 percent of the floor, 3.0 rebounds and 0.4 innings is fading compared to his father scoring 21.6 points on LSU Tigers on 61 percent of hits, 13.5 rebounds and 4.6 innings before he went to Orlando. In the 1992 NBA draft.
The outlook for the draft revealed that the production could not be compared in direct comparison after undergoing open heart surgery as a freshman and later dealing with leg and ankle injuries that sabotaged his last two seasons at LSU.
“It seems to me that I and I have a completely different story now,” O’Neal said, asking if he felt any pressure because of his father’s legacy. “I went through some things he didn’t go through. He was the first choice of the draft. I had to grind to get here. I had to grind a lot. I had to go through these things. For the last four years – foot injuries, heart surgery – and I don’t really look like him. in the shade.
He praises Lakers athletics coach Shane Besedick, who previously worked at UCLA, for saving his life by discovering the problem of a real anomalous coronary artery with Bruins at one time.
“I know it’s always there, a comparison,” O’Neal continued. “Every child is compared to their father doing the same thing as them. So it’s there. It doesn’t bother me.”
O’Neal, a 215-pound power striker compared to his father, who played the center 7: 1 and north of £ 300, said he had decided to stay in the draft after taking part in the G-League. elite outlook camp last month.
“I felt like I didn’t get enough opportunities in college. I didn’t feel like I did in college,” he said. “[The invite] opened many doors for me. … I feel like it really brought me back and showed me a little bit of what I can do. And when the teams started calling me to train, I told me, “Man, that’s what I want to do.” I think I’m here, it’s right in front of me, so watch out. So I kept working. ”
However, the decision did not go well with his father.
“He didn’t like the idea at all,” O’Neal said. “It’s bullshit that he didn’t like the idea, but I’m an adult man, I’m 22 years old, I can make my own decisions. It was right in front of my eyes. I’m not going back from it. It’s going to I see That’s exactly what I’m built in. I do everything the same way. I did my heart surgery the same way. “I know he’s my father, but it was right in front of me, I had to go after it. So if he likes it or not, it doesn’t really stop me from doing what I want to do.”
The Lakers have no choice in the draft on Thursday – neither first nor second round players – but have hosted a handful of draft training sessions over the past few weeks to see the prospects up close. Sources told ESPN they hope to be able to buy a selection on Thursday night and are interested in adding young talent who won’t be drafted, as they did with Austin Reaves last season.
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