Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal raises eyebrows with a worrisome hospital photo while fans wish him well.

Fans of former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal were taken aback when he shared a photo of himself in a hospital bed. He was hooked up to a blood pressure monitor and an IV drip. While the reason for the 51-year-old’s hospitalization remains unclear, his followers on social media have expressed their worries for him.

In response, Shaq conveyed his gratitude and backing for basketball pundits Earvin Johnson and Candace Parker. He also mentioned how much he missed them both. Shaq, a prominent figure in the world of basketball, has recently disclosed that he is going through hip replacement surgery. In a show of support, Parker replied to O’Neal’s tweet with the affectionate words, “Love ya big Fella” accompanied by a heart emoji.

Shaq in hospital
Image Credit: SHAQ / Twitter

His followers have shown their care and solidarity towards him, offering prayers and good wishes for a speedy recuperation

A supporter also highlighted Shaq’s imposing stature and influence on the game, considering it an honor to witness the four-time NBA champion in action. Numerous individuals have expressed a genuine sense of hope that he will have a swift recovery and make a prompt comeback to the court. The towering basketball legend stands at a remarkable height of seven feet and one inch. Recently shared with his supporters that he had shed a whopping 401 pounds and currently weighs 365 pounds.

O’Neal credited his achievement in weight loss to a friend who confronted him about his excessive weight. Since then, he has shed extra pounds and regained his fitness. Apart from his illustrious playing career, the retired superstar has garnered a significant fan following as a commentator on TNT’s NBA coverage.

To all the people who are concerned. First let me start off by saying thank you,” O’Neal wrote in an Instagram post on Monday. “And lastly i am fine. Just had to get some BBL work done aka #hipreplacement. but yes i am fine no need to worry.” A BBL is a Brazilian Butt Lift for those who weren’t aware. Yes, Shaq still has time for great jokes!

Shaq is undeniably one of the best basketball players in the history of the game

O’Neal is widely recognized as one of the greatest basketball players to have ever graced the sport. Throughout his illustrious career, he clinched four NBA championships and was selected to feature in 14 All-Star teams.

Furthermore, he received numerous accolades. Including being a five-time MVP, a six-time NBA Finals MVP, a ten-time scoring champion, and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. His remarkable talent to deliver game-winning shots and take charge during pivotal moments of a game set him apart from his peers. It cemented his legacy as one of the most exceptional athletes in history.

The timeline for O’Neal’s return to his analyst duties on TNT is currently unknown. Although a probable window could be around mid-April. This estimation aligns with the end of the NBA regular season on April 9th and the scheduled start of the playoffs on April 15th.

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