Shaquille O’Neal, the legendary NBA player, has expressed his excitement over Angel Reese’s return to the NCAA basketball leagues following her suspension by Louisiana State University (LSU). Reese’s sudden suspension after the game against Kent State on November 14 sparked controversy, with coach criticisms suggesting she had caused “locker room issues.” However, LSU head coach Kim Mulkey has now confirmed Reese’s availability for the upcoming game on Wednesday, December 6, much to the delight of fans and O’Neal alike.
Shaquille O’Neal Excited for Angel Reese’s Return to LSU Basketball
Despite Reese’s absence, the No.7 ranked LSU Tigers have performed admirably, winning all four of their recent fixtures and maintaining an impressive seasonal record of 5-1 (0.833). Nevertheless, Reese’s undeniable presence on the court cannot be ignored, as she led the Southeastern Conference in both points and rebounds during the 2022/23 season.
O’Neal has been closely following Reese’s career and has previously praised her exceptional talent. In an interview with “The Big Podcast” in April 2023, O’Neal referred to Reese as “the greatest athlete to ever come out of LSU Sports.” He firmly believed in her abilities and made a bold statement regarding her athleticism, stating, “She’s the greatest athlete to ever come out of LSU because she got it done. Some people are going to exclude it to women athletes. I’m not doing that. She’s the greatest athlete to ever come out of LSU because she got it done. Joe Burrow got it done a couple of years ago, but she’s way more athletic than he is.“
Coming from a four-time NBA champion and one of the most dominant centers in basketball history, O’Neal’s praise carries weight. With his extensive sports background, he recognizes and appreciates exceptional athleticism when he sees it.
As Reese makes her long-awaited return to the court, fans eagerly anticipate her impact and contributions to the LSU Tigers’ continued success. O’Neal’s enthusiasm for her comeback reflects the anticipation shared by many. Reese’s talents have already made a significant impression, and her return promises to strengthen the team even further.
While LSU managed without her during her suspension, Reese’s skills and abilities have proven crucial in previous seasons. Now that she is back in action, basketball enthusiasts eagerly await the exhilarating performances she will undoubtedly deliver. As the NCAA season progresses, all eyes will be on Reese as she continues to showcase her remarkable athleticism on the court, leaving an indelible mark on LSU Sports.