Like Father, Like Son: Shareef O’Neal Goes Coast-To-Coast For The Dunk!

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| January 20th, 2016 | 6,677 Views

I’m not trying to build a hype train or put any additional pressure on a recently turned 16 year old (with a lambo!), but seeing Shareef O’Neal go coast-to-coast at the MLK Hoops Classic brought back fond memories of when I was a 12 year old watching his dad go coast-to-coast at the 1989 McDonalds game. For many, that dunk and day was the moment the sports world took notice of Shaq and realized he was going to be a special player.

For others, who didn’t see this game – watching high school hoops in the late 80s/early 90s was unheard of – and didn’t watch him become the most dominant player in college, the dunk and day they knew Shaq was going to be a special player is when he went coast-to-coast for his first NBA dunk in his NBA debut.  It was a great start to a great week which ended with Shaq becoming the first player in NBA history to win Player of the Week in the first week of their career.

So, am I saying Shareef is going to also dominate the McDonalds All-American game, become one of the best centers in NCAA history and take the NBA by storm from the get-go?  Of course i’m not saying that.  But…remember, Shaq was a late bloomer and couldn’t dunk until he was 6’11.  His 6’7 sophomore son doesn’t seem to have any issues with that aspect of the game – just watch the video below or ask the kid who got dunked on last night.




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