NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal thanked everyone who cared for him and wished him the best after he tweeted a photo myself in a hospital bed on the weekend.
The Basketball Hall of Famer explained that he needed a hip replacement along with an edited video of him showing his ass to an ex Los Angeles Lakers teammate Rick Fox.
“To all the people who are worried and concerned. First of all, let me say thank you. And finally, no need to worry, just needed to get some BBL WORK AKA #hipreplacement. Thank you and love you all. but no need to worry and yes, I OK,” O’Neill wrote.
O’Neill’s original tweet was addressed to in the NBA broadcaster Ernie Johnson and WNBA superstar Candace Parker both feature on various TV stations for coverage of March Madness.
The four-time NBA champion is only 51 years old, but while he appears to have lost weight in his game days, his hip is too worn out. At his peak, the NBA center weighed 325 pounds and was 7’1″. Last year, he told Logan Paul that he had put on weight to 401 pounds.
In December, O’Neal talked about losing weight in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“A friend called me and said:“ You are fat, ”and she gave me the name of this guy, and he did a blood test,” he said then. “He said, ‘You can do this, you can’t do that, [eat] more vegetables [your] little iron.
“Once I started changing those certain things, everything fell apart. It’s all about proper nutrition.”