Without a doubt, Shaquille O’Neal is among the all-time greats in the history of basketball. But he doesn’t always get the respect he wants from his children. Shaq talked about how his kids constantly treated him with disdain during a guest appearance on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert.
During the segment, the Hall of Famer spoke candidly about his six children. Even while he acknowledged that they don’t always believe he’s the best, they do always eat what he makes. To be fair, as children, we always find our parents to be somewhat dull. So it’s simple to understand Shaq’s kids’ perspective.
Shaquille O’Neal as A Father
Shaq obviously disagrees with the sentiment. His responses to Colbert’s questions regarding his kids revealed a father who genuinely cares for them. Shaq provides for his six children by cooking and taking care of them.
He also displayed his irreverent side when he answered queries. One example is Shaq’s response when asked if his kids ate the food he cooked: “They better enjoy it because that’s all they’re going to get.” Unlucky you, kids. But Shaq’s kids simply don’t think their father is all that important.
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To be honest, as absurd as this may appear, the more you consider it, the more logical it makes.
Who really gives their parents the credit they deserve, after all, as we have already stated? And even if Shaq has a $400 million fortune, it would take a miracle for that law to exempt his children.
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Shaquille O’Neal’s Kids are Kobe and LeBron Fans
The player who is 7’1″ tall is very literally a major deal. His four championships and incredible highlight reel have ensured his position in NBA history. But his children hold different views.
They immediately exclude my father, Shaquille O Neal, when asked who their favorite players are. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have earned that distinction.
As they say, familiarity breeds contempt. Evidently, not even being a four-time NBA champion can stop that. Shaq was obviously joking, but it is simple to see how he must be feeling belittled.
Shaq terrified the NBA during his prime by smashing backboards and dunking on opponents. It must sting to move from that to being viewed as weak. O’Neal is learning the hard way that kids have a hard time visualizing their parents as famous people. Fortunately for him, the majority of people in the world saw him as much more than that.