LSU Tigers energy ahead Shareef O’Neal, son of basketball Corridor of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, makes use of tattoos to specific his life’s journey and affect. Lately, O’Neal revealed he’d gone underneath the needle but once more, this time for a tribute to his father’s former star teammate and NBA legend, Kobe Bryant.
Positioned on O’Neal’s decrease leg, the tattoo is a sensible depiction of Bryant celebrating in his No. 24 Los Angeles Lakers uniform. Nonetheless, this isn’t the primary time the previous four-star recruit has added Bryant’s picture to his physique, as he’s already added Bryant’s model emblem, a silhouette of Bryant mid-jump shot, and Bryant’s jersey Nos. 8 and 24, to his calves. He additionally sports activities Gianna Bryant’s “Mamba” jersey, in addition to the phrases, “Mamba Mentality” as physique artwork.
It’s also possible to try O’Neal’s different Kobe Bryant tribute tattoos here below.
Within the days following Bryant’s passing, Shareef O’Neal mirrored on what his father’s former teammate had meant to him.
“You all the time wished me to be the perfect I might be,” Shareef wrote. “you all the time made positive I used to be comfortable, you place me earlier than you place your self and once we had our moments you made me really feel like I used to be nice.”
“I really like you, I thanks, I miss you.”
Shaq and Kobe performed collectively in Los Angeles for eight seasons, from 1996-2004, till O’Neal was traded to the Miami Warmth. As teammates, the star duo led the Lakers to say three consecutive NBA titles, from 2000-2002.
Shareef O’Neal sat out his true freshman season at UCLA after having surgical procedure for a coronary heart situation. Final season, he averaged 2.2 factors and a couple of.9 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per recreation, capturing 32.1% from the sphere, over 14 video games performed.
O’Neal announced his intention to switch in January, which muddies his standing for this coming season with LSU.
“My dad and mom have all the time taught me that transparency is the perfect type of communication,” O’Neal tweeted. “It’s on this spirit that I introduced right this moment my departure from the College of California Los Angeles (UCLA). If I needed to thank each person who contributed to this studying expertise this message can be too lengthy to learn. Nonetheless, I wish to give particular because of Coach Steve [Alford] who recruited me right here, Coach [Mick] Cronin for creating me, and the superior medical employees for giving me a second probability at fulfilling my goals of taking part in on the subsequent stage. Part of my coronary heart will all the time be at UCLA figuratively and actually. I’m wanting ahead to the subsequent chapter, the place ever [sic] that perhaps. And a really particular because of the UCLA followers to your continued help for these previous two years. You actually have been the power that sustained me.”