Lakers sign Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, to play for Summer League team, per report

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The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly signed Shareef O’Neal, son of team legend Shaquille O’Neal, to a Summer League deal. The Athletic’s Shams Charania† O’Neal teamed up with the Lakers for the Draft, but as expected he was not selected in either of the two rounds and will now try to prove his worth in Las Vegas next month.

O’Neal was a sought-after high school candidate, but his career never took off at the collegiate level. He needed heart surgery while playing at UCLA, and in three total years split between LSU and UCLA, O’Neal averaged just 2.6 points per game in his college career. He only played 129 minutes for LSU last season, which is why his father urged him to stay in school.

“We’re quite at odds with this process,” the younger O’Neal said during a video press conference. “He wanted me to stay in school. I wanted to improve myself because of this. He knows I train with teams. But I’m not going to lie, we didn’t talk about this. He went through it. He didn’t do pre-draft workouts, he just continued with the [Orlando Magic]so it’s a different grind.”

O’Neal has a tough road ahead of him if he wants to make it in the NBA. He doesn’t have the great physical gifts of his father. He will have to impress a team on the margins and prove that he can be a solid role player if he wants to play professional basketball. Fortunately, his father’s old team gives him the chance to do just that.

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