Retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has never been shy of meeting the fans or doing something for the kids. So, he did it again.
After a video of a cop playing basketball with teens went viral online, Shaq decided to step in, and join the fun!
It all started on Jan. 15, when a Gainesville police officer Bobby White was sent to respond to a noise complaint about kids playing basketball too “loudly.”
Instead of punishing the kids, White joined in on the game for a while and even promised to come back for a rematch. Little did White know that O’Neal was going to participate in the rematch.
O’Neal was one of those, who saw the viral video of White playing with kids and decided to join in for a pick-up game. Needless to say, the kids were surprised to see a 7’1 former Lakers star stepping out of the vehicle, prepared to play.
According to Action News 30, O’Neal wanted to keep the event as low-key as possible. He called the Gainesville public information officer Ben Tobias requesting the event to be kept under wraps for the sake of the children.
After the game, O’Neal urged the kids to stay out of trouble, listen to their parents, saying they can grow to become anything they want to.
A dominant force in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal was selected to 15 all-star Games, won four NBA titles (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat). He is considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA. O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action.
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