*Shaquille O’Neal has shared a health update on son Shareef following his heart surgery on Dec. 13.
During a summer practice, the 18-year-old UCLA freshman said he “felt funny,” after which doctors discovered an irregularity with his heart. O’Neal underwent a procedure to fix the condition and the surgery reportedly corrected an electrical issue with his heart. He will reportedly miss the entire 2018-19 season with a medical redshirt and plans to return to basketball next year.
When TMZ caught up with Shaq at the Magic Wheels Toy Giveaway in L.A., he revealed that Shareef is continuing to focus on his recovery and hopes to be back on the floor as early as April.
After undergoing the surgery, Shareef’s sister Mimi posted a picture to his Twitter account showing all was well: “I made it,Thank you for all the love and support! I really appreciate all your thoughts and prayers, that’s what helped me through this surgery. I’m on the road to recovery, and I’ll be back soon…better than ever.”
In the clip above, Shaq also weighed in on Lil Wayne recently saying he thinks Kobe Bryant is better than Michael Jordan.
When asked to pick his #1 — Shaq “went with someone else entirely … not Magic Johnson, not LeBron, not himself,” TMZ writes.
Meanwhile, Shaq has been doing his Shaq-A-Claus holiday toy drive for 26 years — giving out thousands of toys to kids in need. He started the initiative back in 1992 reportedly after someone close to him asked to borrow money to buy gifts for underprivileged kids.