“Checked on me every day after my open-heart surgery” Shareef O’Neal is open about how Kobe Bryant has helped him despite the rift with his father

Shareef O'Neal, Kobe Bryant
Shareef O’Neal, Kobe Bryant






Thousands of kids around the world were encouraged to grab a basketball and try the game Kobe Bryant. Shareef O’Neal, a player for the LA Lakers in the NBA Summer League, is one of many guys in today’s league who were inspired by Kobe to push himself. Shareef, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal‘s son, and Kobe got along well despite Kobe’s past relationship with his father. Shareef had a great role model in Kobe who always challenged him to succeed.

Shareef O’Neal underwent heart surgery in December 2018 to treat a problem that threatened to end his basketball career. The UCLA freshman was going through a difficult time and needed all the help he could get. Bryant, a former Los Angeles Lakers player, has been one of his most vocal supporters. Shareef recently spoke about how important Kobe has been to his recovery. It seems like Bryant did everything he could to make sure Shareef was okay and in the interview he revealed that Kobe texted him every day while he was recovering.

Shareef O’Neal is finally in the NBA to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Shareef O’Neal, a four-star nominee and the country’s 33rd player in 2018, committed to playing college basketball at the University of Arizona while about to graduate from Crossroads School in Santa Monica . After a series of contract cancellations, he made the decision to bring his skills to UCLA in hopes of making an impact on the basketball team. Shareef’s biggest challenge was corrective open-heart surgery, which kept him from starting his college career as he lost a year of athletic competition while recovering. At the end of that season, he again made the decision to transfer, and this time towards LSU, his father’s alma mater.

Due to some foot injuries, Shareef’s two seasons at LSU were pretty boring. Over those two years, he averaged just 2.8 points per game in 11.4 minutes per game while falling out of the top prospect rankings. Shareef chose to re-enter the transfer portal after the 2021-22 season, his second and final at LSU, to find a new basketball home better suited to support his development. Shareef made the decision to enter the 2022 draft to turn pro rather than find a new home as an amateur. By giving Shareef a spot on their Summer League roster, the Los Angeles Lakers made the decision to show their continued support for the O’Neal line.

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Shareef O’Neal on his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

Shareef O’Neal said in an interview that Kobe contacted him every day while he was recovering from a very public battle with heart disease while he was in college. He explained: “When I was young, he used to tell me, ‘Whatever you want to do, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it.’ I always thought of that. He was the only person who always got in touch with me. Every day of my surgery he texted me, “How are you today?” He always took care of me, made sure I was okay.”

Bryant would have been thrilled if Shareef O’Neal had reached this point, and it’s evident that Shareef has continued Kobe’s legacy by carrying the spirit of the mamba with him whenever he steps on the floor. Currently, Shareef wants to establish himself with the same team that Kobe Bryant and his father both played for a lot of time. When it comes to building his own NBA career, Shareef just wants to make it proud.

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Subhankar Mondal

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