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

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

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

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

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal, #45, guards Miami Heat forward Nikola Jovic, #5, during the third quarter at the California Summer League at Chase Center in San Francisco July 2, 2022.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Shareef O’Neal, #45, guards Miami Heat forward Nikola Jovic, #5, during the third quarter at 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 not sure the younger O’Neal had what it takes to make it in the NBA.

“I picked up my phone, and I was getting ready to call Shaq like ‘Yo man, you gotta tell your son…he can’t be playing off the damn O’Neal name. He gotta go out there 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 celebrate against the New Jersey Nets during Game 2 of the NBA Finals June 7, 2002 in Los Angeles.  (REUTERS/Fred Greaves)

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“You know Shareef’s such a nice kid, that 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. 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 four summer league games for the Lakers.

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