Shareef O’Neal is following his father’s footsteps. Sort of.
The offspring of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will play on his father’s former group, the Los Angeles Lakers, on this year’s NBA Summer League, in keeping with The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The 6-foot-10 ahead went undrafted throughout the 2022 NBA Draft regardless of figuring out with a number of groups – together with Los Angeles – and attending the G League elite prospect camp.
The youthful O’Neal performed at LSU, like his dad, though his time there was extraordinarily totally different.
Shaq was a drive for the Tigers, racking up factors, boards and awards in school earlier than going first general within the 1992 NBA Draft. His son, although, rode the bench throughout his time at LSU, averaging lower than 10 minutes and three factors a sport throughout his senior season.
Before transferring to his dad’s alma mater, Shareef redshirted his freshman year at UCLA as a result of a coronary heart situation earlier than leaving to Louisiana in 2020. The Lakers legend didn’t need his son to enter the 2022 NBA Draft and as an alternative keep at school.
“He didn’t want me to do this [opt for the NBA Draft], and I know he probably doesn’t want me saying this, but sorry. We’re both grown, we’ll get past it,” the youthful O’Neal mentioned to reporters earlier than changing into undrafted on Thursday.
“I know he’s an NBA legend, I know he’s my dad, but it was right in front of me, I had to go get it. So, if he likes it or not, it’s not really going to stop me from doing what I want to do.”
Instead of drafting Shareef, the Lakers chosen Michigan State’s Max Christie with the No. 35 throughout this year’s draft.
Christie can have the possibility to play with an O’Neal, even when it’s not Shaq, throughout this year’s summer league, which is able to start on July 5.