The coronavirus greatly affected the daily lives of NBA fans and players. Shaquille O’Neal has witnessed the reality of disruption caused by the pandemic, but the Hall Of Fame center is hopeful that the team will be able to bounce back in the coming days. He believes that they have what it takes in order to succeed in their position.

The NBA on TNT host talked about the coronavirus in extent during a special screening of the show. While he admitted that he’s not fully familiar with the situation, he expressed his confidence that his fellow Americans should be able to handle the crisis with ease. He mentioned the Americans’ competitive fire as one of the biggest reasons why they will be able to thrive in spite of the gloomy outlook COVID-19 casts upon everyone.

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“What I know about this country, is that everybody is a competitor. Even though it’s bad, I’m always hopeful. I know for a fact there’s a young guy right now trying to figure it out. Hopefully in 30 days he come up with something and make this thing over,” Shaq said.

It’s a great thing to hear such encouraging words from a beloved NBA figure like Shaq. The virus has disrupted daily American life, and people are understandably at a loss with what to do. He did well in reminding everyone that excellence is a part of the American way and that they can overcome this as a nation together.

For perspective from an NBA great, hear Shaq’s entire speech on the coronavirus here:

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