Shareef O’Neal responds to constructive comments from Robert Horry

Shareef O’Neal, the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, has responded to seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry’s recent comments about his recent game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Horry, who won three titles with Shaquille in Los Angeles, recalled watching Shareef practice with the Lakers on the “Big Shot Bob” podcast. He was unimpressed with what he saw of Shareef after he was apparently passed by a teammate on the pitch.

He then questioned her drive and effort.

I picked up my phone and was about to call Shaq like, ‘Yo, man, you gotta tell your son he can’t play with O’Neal’s fucking name.’ He has to go out there and play. I was like, ‘You have to try hard, man.’ Shareef is such a nice guy that I don’t know if he has that dog in him to go out and take what he wants. Shaq had that dog in him. You must be able to do this.

Horry’s statement, which was made on July 28, began circulating on social media and came back to Shareef. He apparently took the criticism in stride and vowed to bounce back and prove everyone wrong next season.

Shareef, who transferred from UCLA to LSU ahead of the 2020-21 season, has missed much of the past two years with a foot injury. He made his season debut with the Tigers on Jan. 12 and averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 14 games.

The 22-year-old was not drafted but joined the Lakers for the summer league. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in six games between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. He produced his best game on July 8 with seven points and four rebounds.

Following his stint with the Lakers, Shareef signed a six-figure contract with NBA G League Ignite for next season. He will now have the opportunity to continue his development against NBA-caliber players alongside some of the top promising prospects.

He will certainly enter next season with that criticism of Horry in mind and will be looking to deliver a strong 2022-23 campaign. Heading into next season, it will be worth watching to see how Shareef responds with the Ignite.

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