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Shareef O’Neal ‘on the road to recovery’ following successful heart surgery

Shareef O'Neal

The son of NBA champion and legend Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal, underwent heart surgery on Thursday morning to correct a heart irregularity.

O’Neal, fresh out of surgery, has nothing but a positive attitude:

It was reported in early September that the UCLA Bruins freshman would have to miss out on the entire 2018-19 after team doctors “found a medical issue dealing with [his] heart.”

Assuming that his recovery from the surgery goes well, O’Neal will play next season for UCLA. He played high school basketball at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, the same high school Los Angeles Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James’ eldest son, LeBron James Jr., will play at next year.

Shareef O’Neal stands at 6-foot-9 and plays power forward. Before his heart surgery, he was the 18th-ranked player in ESPN’s top-100 rankings. He originally committed to the University of Arizona but then changed his mind and committed to UCLA instead.

Hopefully, there are no post-surgery setbacks for the young man. It’s terrible to see such a young person suffer from heart complications. Thankfully, it was caught early on before it could get any worse for O’Neal.

Former NBA big man Eddy Curry once had a very serious heart issue when playing with the Chicago Bulls back in 2005. Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis are two NBA players who collapsed on the court during a game and then consequently died during the season.

This is why it’s so promising and humbling to see what Shareef O’Neal can be now that he knows his heart is healed and he’s completely healthy.