Shareef O’Neal and Scotty Pippen Jr. have signed two-way contracts with the Los Angeles Lakers. Shaquille O’Neal’s 22-year-old son, Shareef, is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, whose jersey was retired in 2013.
Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to reveal that Shareef will play for the Purple and Gold in the Summer League next month. The 6-foot-10 power forward was plagued by a series of health issues during his final season at LSU.
Pippen’s Son Scotty, 21, Is a Six-Time Nba Champion.
First-named son of Larsa Pippen went undrafted in both rounds of the NBA Draft on Thursday before receiving the call from an NBA franchise. His first name, however, has a tiny spelling alteration. The Athletic reports that Vanderbilt’s Commodores youngster Scotty will join the league after a three-year stint with the team. During his stay at the university, he had a triple-double with 17.5 points, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.
After their signings were finalized, both players took to social media to announce the news. It was like a dream come true, Scotty wrote. Shareef looked through the family’s video archives to find a film of him as a child at a Laker game during his father’s time as the team’s manager. Thank you for this opportunity, he stated in his message. It was only this week that Shareef revealed that his Hall of Famer father didn’t want his son to enter the draft.
The Lakers Have Signed Scottie Pippen.
On Tuesday, Shareef showed up for a team practice and described how his path to the league varied greatly from his father’s. That’s something I didn’t experience,” the young athlete said. “He was drafted first overall,” Shareef said. “To get here, I had to put in some serious effort. Many times, I had to grind. In the last four years, I’ve had to deal with a lot – foot issues, heart procedures, “he made it clear.
According to Shareef, “He wanted me to stay in school.” “He’s aware of the fact that I work out in groups. However, I’m not going to lie; we haven’t discussed this at length. I’m just sort of going through the motions.” The Lakers have signed Scottie Pippen to a two-way contract, which should keep him in Los Angeles for the rest of the season. Averaging 20.4 points per game at Vanderbilt, Pippen was widely expected to be bypassed in the NBA draft despite a stellar season.
At 6-foot-1, he’s a long way shy of his father’s height and talent level, which is a huge challenge. If either player can make the Lakers’ full-time roster next season, this retro summer team may be a lot of fun to see. If nothing else, both Pippen and O’Neal have a lot of potential because of their basketball backgrounds.