Sons of 2 NBA legends work out with Atlanta Hawks ahead of NBA Draft on Channel 2
The NBA draft is Thursday night on Channel 2 and there are still questions about who the Atlanta Hawks will pick with the #16 pick.
In recent weeks, the Hawks have held several multi-player pre-draft workouts. Two of them grew up against each other and have NBA legends as fathers.
"It's a dream come true. It's crazy doing NBA workouts now," Shareef O'Neal told Channel 2's Alison Mastrangelo.
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Shareef O'Neal and Scotty Pippen Jr. are used to being asked about their fathers. That's because both are Hall of Famers.
Shaq played in the league for 20 years and won four NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. Pippen played for 17 years and won six championships with the Chicago Bulls dynasty.
"I asked him, 'Do they ask you about your father in the interview?' He said yes. I was like 'Me too,'" O'Neal said. “Me and Scotty have a great bond. We have a lot in common. Scotty will always be my boy and glad to see him around.
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Shareef and Scotty say they don't know what it's like not growing up with NBA icons for dads.
They don't feel any extra pressure as they work to make their mark in the NBA.
“Me and my dad talk about the draft all the time. However, our journeys are very different,” said Pippen. “He told me to control what I can control. It will all be sorted out on draft night.”
As they both wait for the night of the train, they become more excited but also a little anxious.
“I dreamed of this moment as a kid. Every day that goes by, I don't take it for granted," Pippen said.
"I have to prove myself with my last name on my back every day for the rest of my life," O'Neal said. “Every day that I rest there is always someone who gets better. So I have to get better every day.
O'Neal said Shaq wanted him to stay in school and graduate, but he wanted to attend the call-up.
So they made a deal: he would eventually finish and graduate. Shareef just wanted to play basketball first.
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