Shaq caught up with Jermaine O’Neal on Instagram Live and named all the players who inspired him. Dr. J was one of those guys for Shaq, first meeting Erving in college at LSU. He said from that day on, Dr. J influenced him to become a mentor to young players like Jermaine.
(Via IG Live: Jermaine O’Neal):
“I remember when I first met you as a youngster. It does me no justice to be mean to you. It only does me justice by showing you the way, showing you how to go get it because Dr. J showed me the way. When I met Dr. J, he was my idol. I damn near had a tear when he came to my room at LSU, he was the nicest guy ever and gave me tips.”