Scottie Pippen, Shaq’s sons playing for the Lakers Summer League team

Scottie Pippen, Shaq's sons playing for the Lakers Summer League team

Instead of targeting old people, the Lakers seem to be targeting old people’s sons. In the moments after the conclusion of the 2022 NBA Draft, the Lakers reportedly agreed to a two-way deal with Scotty Pippen Jr., son of Scottie, and a Summer League deal with Shareef O ‘Neal, son of Shaq, according to Shams. Charania of Athleticism.

Both players worked for the Lakers during the pre-draft process. Shareef was the more recent of the two to practice, as his came in the days leading up to the draft. After his training, Shareef expressed his excitement at having the chance to return home and train for a franchise he grew up watching his father win titles for.

“I walked in today and was a bit starstruck,” he said. “Like, I was really born into this team. My dad and Kobe won championships when I was born and now I’m the one putting on Lakers gear. It was crazy. I was kind of speechless.

“It’s such a blessing for a team that I saw growing up. My dad won championships with this team and now that I have stuff on the Lakers it’s amazing. It’s a dream come true.

In that same media meeting, Shareef mentioned that he and his father disagreed on his decision to enter the draft, which led to Shaq not providing much advice or guidance to Shareef. in the weeks and months leading up to the Draft.

“Me and him kind of butted heads about this process,” Shareef said. “He wanted me to stay in school. I wanted to improve and go through it. He knows I work for teams but I’m not going to lie, we haven’t talked about it. I’m just going through it. He didn’t do any practice before the draft. He has just entered directly into a team. It’s a different version. But he didn’t want me to do that. I know he probably doesn’t want me to say that but it’s okay, we’re both adults. We’ll move on.”

Hopefully for both parties signing with the Lakers will serve as a bridge to mend fences and bring Shaq back into the picture.

Neither player was considered a top 60 prospect leading up to the draft, which is likely why they were quick to strike deals at the end of the draft.

This pair will join Lakers rookie Max Christie, who the team took with the No. 35 pick Thursday, on the Summer League squad, the first three players so far who appear to be locks on the roster.

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