Playoffs-Shareef O’Neal reports a “mismatch” with his father to participate in the NBA Draft

Shaquille O’Neal, 22, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, one of the greatest legends in NBA history, will be the subject of the 2022 NBA Draft. But anyone who believed that his father supported him in this decision was wrong.

In a video interview on Tuesday (21) shortly after pre-draft training at the Los Angeles Lakers facility, Charlief said the fact that he attended the draft caused a disagreement with his father.

“We talked a bit about this process. He wanted me to stay in college. I wanted more. He knows I work for a team. But I lie. I’m not going to get on, we didn’t talk about it. He didn’t do any pre-draft training, he just went straight [no Orlando Magic]So it’s a different routine than what he lived in when he was chosen, “he said. “He didn’t want me to do that (join the draft), and I know he probably doesn’t want me to say that, but I’m sorry. Both have grown up, we get over it, “he said.

Shaquille was only six years old when Shaquille O’Neal teamed up with Kobe Bryant to win the first of three Los Angeles Lakers championships. Now he wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and shine in the world’s top basketball league.

The oldest O’Neill retired from Jersey # 34 at Louisiana State University in 2013 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Average 2.6 points, 3 rebounds, 0.4 blocks against UCLA and LSU, far from what his father achieved by LSU Tigers before being named Orlando in the first pick in the 1992 NFL Draft: 21.6 Points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.6 blocks / game.

In terms of comparison and pressure, Charlief said they weren’t appropriate because he had to hold him back at LSU and deal with foot and ankle injuries that had had heart surgery in the past. “I feel like my dad. I’m talking about a completely different story now,” O’Neill said when asked if he felt pressure following his father’s legacy. “I experienced some things he didn’t experience. He was the best pick in the draft. I had to fight to get here. I have to fight a lot. I had to experience a few things over the last four years, including leg injuries, heart surgery, etc., but I don’t see much in his shadow. I always do that. I know it’s there, compare, “continued O’Neill. “Every kid is compared to a father who does the same thing as him, so it’s there. I don’t care,” he said.

With respect to his heart condition, he was a Lakers exercise coach who worked at UCLA to save his life by discovering certain abnormal coronary dysfunctions during his time with Bruins. I admire Shane Besedick.

O’Neill, a center 6 feet 1 and 100 pounds compared to his father, who was 7 feet 3 tall and weighed 130 kg at the time, said he decided to join the draft after joining the G League Elite. Prospect camp last month.

“I felt like I didn’t get enough opportunities in college. The invitation opened me a lot of doors … it really puts me back and shows me a little bit of what I can do. And when I started receiving training calls from the team, I thought, “Man, this is what I want to do.” I mean, I’m here, it’s right in front of me, so go ahead. So I kept working. “

However, the decision was not welcomed by his father.

“He didn’t like the idea at all,” O’Neill said. “I’m sorry he didn’t like that idea, but I’m a grown-up guy. I’m 22 and I can make my own decision. It was right on my face. That’s what I built. It’s the way it was done. I see everything the same. I had heart surgery as well. Being released is in front of me and being healthy is in my eyes Before and I aimed for it. I haven’t retreated from anyone. I know he’s an NBA legend and he knows he’s my father, but he’s me I had to take him because I was in front of him, so whether he likes it or not, it doesn’t prevent me from doing what I want to do. “

The Lakers don’t have a pick on Thursday’s draft-neither round 1 nor round 2-but they have received a lot of draft practice prospects over the last two weeks to get a closer look at the players. They want to be able to negotiate a pick on Thursday night and, like Austin Reaves last season, are interested in adding unselected young talent, sources told ESPN. rice field.

Photo: Twitter / Shareef O’Neal reproduction

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