Shaquille O’Neal found himself overcome with emotions on Tuesday night’s TNT broadcast. Joined by fellow analysts Candace Parker, Jamal Crawford, and Adam Lefkoe, Shaq couldn’t contain his pride as he watched highlights of his daughter Me’Arah’s performance at the 2024 McDonald’s All-American Games.

Me’Arah O’Neal, the youngest daughter of the basketball legend, showcased her skills on the court as part of the West roster at the prestigious event held in Houston. For Shaq, a former participant in the McDonald’s All-American Games back in 1989, the moment held significant personal meaning.


“I’m proud of her,” Shaq said, his voice tinged with emotion. “I’m proud of all my children.”

Me’Arah contributed 12 points and six rebounds during the game and according to Candace Parker, she’s “shooting free throws better than her daddy.”

While talking with Candace Parker, Shaq opened up about the influence she had on his daughter’s basketball journey. He revealed how he used to have Me’Arah watch Parker’s highlights as inspiration.

“I used to make her watch you, so thank you,” Shaq said.

“Because of women like you, she is able to do this so thank you. Thank you for that and thank you for being you.”

Parker, touched by Shaq’s sentiments, acknowledged the special bond between a parent and their child on the court. “Watching him watch her in the back, doing work—there’s nothing like watching your kids play,” Parker said. “It shows in his eyes.”

“You’re going to make me cry, Candace. Go to break,” O’Neal jokingly said in response.

In November 2023, Me’Arah committed to play women’s basketball for the Florida Gators instead of her father’s alma mater Louisiana State University (LSU).

Currently, she is ranked No. 33 in the country, and No. 4 in the state for the Class of 2024 by ESPN.

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