Shareef O'Neal shares his father's DNA and his alma mater (LSU), aside from that, the two men are vastly different in terms of impact on the basketball court and their viewpoints on Shareef's readiness for professional level on-court competition. According to reports, Shareef's legendary father, Shaquille, never wanted him to enter the NBA draft, and he certainly did not want him to try out for his old team, the Los Angeles Lakers. But the 6'10 power forward went against his father's advice and joined the Lakers' Summer League team, for an uninspiring tryout run, after failing to be selected in the 2022 NBA draft. In doing so, Shareef opened himself up to a bevy of criticism from Laker nation, including former players such as Robert Horry. The seven-time NBA champion recently voiced his concern for Shareef's lackluster play thus far on his online show called the Big Shot Bob Podcast.

“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,'" Horry said as he questioned Shareef's competitive nature. "'He gotta go out there and play.’ You gotta put forth some more effort man. 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.”

When Shareef caught wind of the commentary from his father's ex-teammate, he fired back on Twitter, respectfully, vowing to work even harder to make them proud.

"I know this outta love and no disrespect!!!" Shareef wrote. "I got you BIG SHOT [praying hands emoji] but you know who raised me , I don’t quit. Always been taught to go get it and take it. Been heading in the right step …like I said I got you! Youll see."

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Source: Hot New Hip Hop