Shaq’s son hits back at NBA champ: ‘You know who raised me’

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Shareef O’Neal, the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, has hit back at criticism leveled at him by his father’s former teammate while they were on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Robert Horrywho 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 young O’Neal had what it takes to succeed in the NBA.

The younger O’Neal hit back at Horry’s criticism in a tweet on Wednesday.

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Shareef O'Neal, No. 45 of the Los Angeles Lakers, stands on the court during a break in a game against the Phoenix Suns during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 08, 2022 in Las Vegas , Nevada.

Shareef O’Neal, No. 45 of the Los Angeles Lakers, stands on the court during a break in a game against the Phoenix Suns during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 08, 2022 in Las Vegas , Nevada.
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“I know this out of love and no disrespect!!! I got you BIG SHOT but you know who raised me, I’m not giving up. I was always taught to pick it up and take it . I made the right decision… like me I said I got you! You’ll see,” he wrote.

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

Horry made waves when he said he didn’t think O’Neal had that “dog” in him.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O'Neal, #45, reacts during an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at T&M in Las Vegas on July 8, 2022.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal, #45, reacts during an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at T&M in Las Vegas on July 8, 2022.
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“I picked up my phone and was about to call Shaq like ‘Yo man, you gotta tell your son… he can’t play with O’Neal’s fucking name. He has to go out there and play. ‘You gotta try a little harder man’ horror said.

“You know Shareef is such a nice guy, I don’t know if he has 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 per game in 37 games. I never made my debut in college.

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

Rick Fox (L), Robert Horry (5) and Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate against the New Jersey Nets during Game 2 of the NBA Finals June 7, 2002 in Los Angeles.
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O’Neal averaged 4 points per game in four summer league games for the Lakers.