Shareef O’Neal responds to constructive feedback from Robert Horry

Shareef O'Neal, son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, responded to seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry's recent feedback on his recent game with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Horry, who won three titles with Shaquille in Los Angeles, recalled seeing Shareef practice with the Lakers on the Big Shot Bob podcast. He wasn't impressed with what he saw of Shareef after apparently being drafted by a teammate on the pitch.
Then he questioned his drive and his efforts.
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I picked up my phone and got ready to call Shaq like, "Yo man, you gotta tell your son he can't put the friggin' name O'Neal out." He needs to get out there and play. I said, "You gotta make an effort, man." Shareef is such a nice kid, 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 have to be able to do that.
Horry's statement, issued on July 28, started circulating on social media and got its way back to Shareef. He seemingly took the criticism in stride, vowing to bounce back and prove everyone wrong next season.
Shareef, who joined LSU from UCLA ahead of the 2020-21 season, 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 wasn't drafted but switched to the Lakers for the Summer League. In six games between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, he averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. He showed his best game on July 8 with seven points and four rebounds.
After his time with the Lakers, Shareef signed a six-figure deal with the 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 best up-and-coming talent.
He will certainly go into next season with this criticism from Horry in mind and try to turn a strong 2022-23 season. As next season approaches, it will be worth watching how Shareef reacts with the Ignite.
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