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Shaquille O’Neal claims he doesn’t ‘panic’ because of coronavirus

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal talked with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson’s on the Scoop B Radio Podcast and shared his thoughts on the coronavirus situation that has suspended the league indefinitely.

O’Neal credited his stringent military upbringing for preparing him for challenging circumstances such as the global pandemic the world is now facing. When asked by Scoop B if the level of concern over the coronavirus reminds him of anything, the NBA Hall of Famer admitted it takes him back to a lot of issues.

“It takes me back to a lot of issues….Growing up in the projects of Newark, New Jersey, being the son of a drill sergeant, being a great athlete…we’re always taught to persevere,” Shaq said.

O’Neal added that the lessons he learned as a youth — and as a basketball player in the NBA — have instilled him an ability to avoid panicking in moments of crisis.

“It’s nothing that can get me in panic mode. Because I learned a long time ago, you don’t worry about the problem. You learn about the solution. So we all know the problem. The solution: wash your hands, try to stay in social distance, follow the rules and everything should be okay. I can’t get in panic mode,” the NBA great added. “Panic mode is being down by one at the free-throw line in the championship game and everybody’s watching. Halle Berry is in the stands, Robin Givens in the stand… you worried you’re gonna miss.”

Shaquille O’Neal also said he is “trying to stay socially distant” during the break, enjoying his time with the kids and just working, hanging out and having a good time.