His father Shaquille O’Neal was six months old when he teamed up with Kobe Bryant and won the first of the three championships. .
O'Neal, the elder O'Neal, continued to wear his No. L.A. made the 34 jersey obsolete in 2013 and it was later enshrined at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
However, O'Neal's younger brother was not allowed to report to the Lakers practice area for a pre-draft workout Tuesday.
O'Neal, 22, stated that “we kind of bump heads regarding this process.” “He wanted me stay in school. This was a way for me to improve myself. He knows I train with teams. He knows I work with teams. It's all just happening. He did not do any pre-draft exercises; he was just straight into the draft. It's an entirely different grind.
“So, he did not want me to do that, and I'm sure he doesn't want this from me, but sorry. “We're both mature, it's over.
O'Neal comes off a difficult college career in which he played just 37 games in three seasons.And .
His averages, which are 2.6 points, 40.5% from 3 rebounds, 0.4 blocks and 3.0 rebounds per game, pale in comparison to his father who scored 21.6 points per game on 61% shooting for the LSU Tigers, 13.5 rebound and 4.6 blocks each game before he was drafted No. In the 1992 NBA draft, Orlando was drafted No. 1.
After undergoing open-heart surgery as an freshman, and later suffering from foot and ankle injuries, the draft prospect stated that it was impossible to compare his production with others.
When O'Neal was asked if he felt any pressure after his father's passing, he replied that he felt like he and him had a completely different story. “I went through things that he did not.” He was the No. He was the No. 1 draft pick. To get to this point, I had to work hard. It was hard work. These past four years were difficult for me — foot injuries, heart surgery — and I don’t think I want to be in his shadow.
“I know it will always be there, the comparison. Every child will be compared to their father who does the exact same thing as them. That's what you can expect. It doesn't bother my.”
O'Neal, a 6-foot-10 power forward weighing 215 pounds and weighing in at 215 pounds, is compared to his father, who was center at 7-1 and north at 300 pounds. He stated that he was determined not to leave the draft after attending the G League elite prospect camp.
“I felt like I was not getting enough opportunities in college.” He said that he didn't feel like himself in college.[The invite] It opened up a lot of doors to me. … It brought me back and showed me a bit of what I can do. Once I started receiving calls from teams asking me to work out, I realized that this was what I wanted to do. It's all right in front of you, I mean it. So I continued to work.”
However, his father didn't like the decision.
O'Neal explained that O'Neal did not like the idea. It was a shame that he didn’t like the idea. But, I’m a mature man at 22 and can make my own decisions. It was right there in front of me. It is not something I will be able to ignore. If I see it, I will go for it. This is how I was built. Everything is the same to me. I did my heart surgery in the same way. Being cleared was before me. I was healthy so I did it. I will not back down from anybody. He's a legend in the NBA, and I'm proud to be his dad. But it was there, so I had no choice but to get it. It doesn't matter if he likes or not. I can still do what I want.
While the Lakers will not be holding any picks in Thursday’s draft, there are no first-rounders and second-rounders. However, they have hosted draft workouts over the past few weeks to meet prospects in person. They are hoping to be able buy a pick Thursday night, and are interested to add young talent that is not drafted like they did withSources said that ESPN reported last season.