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NBA champ offers tough critique of Shaq’s son attempting to break into league: ‘Gotta put forth some more effort’

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One in every of Shaquille O’Neal’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammates had a robust critique for the NBA legend’s son after he played through the NBA Summer League in July.

Shareef O’Neal was on the Lakers’ summer squad but didn’t do enough to earn a spot on the roster. In keeping with The Athletic, he signed a take care of G League Ignite.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal, #45, guards Miami Heat forward Nikola Jovic, #5, through the third quarter on the California Summer League at Chase Center in San Francisco July 2, 2022.
(Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)

Robert Horry, who won three of his seven rings with the Lakers, said in an episode of the “Big Shot Bob” podcast he was unsure the younger O’Neal had what it takes to make it within the NBA.

“I picked up my phone, and I used to be on the brink of call Shaq like ‘Yo man, you gotta tell your son…he can’t be playing off the rattling O’Neal name. He gotta go on the market and play.’ You gotta put forth some more effort man,” Horry said.

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

Los Angeles Lakers’ Rick Fox (L), Robert Horry, #5, and Shaquille O’Neal have a good time against the Recent Jersey Nets during Game 2 of the NBA Finals June 7, 2002 in Los Angeles. 
(REUTERS/Fred Greaves)

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” Shareef’s such a pleasant kid, that I don’t know if he has that dog in him to go on the market and take what he wants.”

Shareef O’Neal played three seasons in college between UCLA and LSU. He averaged 2.6 points and three rebounds per game in 37 games. He never made a start in college.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O'Neal, #45, reacts after a play during an NBA Summer League game against the Charlotte Hornets at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas July 10, 2022.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal, #45, reacts after a play during an NBA Summer League game against the Charlotte Hornets at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas July 10, 2022.
(Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)

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O’Neal averaged 4 points per game in 4 summer league games for the Lakers.

Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story suggestions might be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.

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