Making kids happy is what inspires O'Neal, especially w…

Making kids happy is what inspires O’Neal, especially when he has the opportunity to encourage those feeling down. He can relate. As a child, that was him. “The same way (they’re) feeling now at 9 and 10 years old, I was the same way,” he said. “But look at me now.” He credits basketball legend Julius Erving with planting the seed of helping others. O’Neal met Dr. J as a child. He called him his “portal” to becoming who he is today.
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