The end of the draft is only the beginning of a new phase for the front offices of NBA franchises. After the traditional 60 picks – 58 this year – it’s time to rebuild disappointed players to fill out the Summer League and G League rosters. The Los Angeles Lakers, for their part, called Sharif O’Neil as well as Scottie Pippen Jr.two sons of legends.
Second O’Neal to the Lakers
Sharif O’Neal, who had heart surgery in his first year in the NCAA before transferring from UCLA, had a hard time. Multiple foot and ankle injuries limited him to 14 games last season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds. Not exactly the best conditions to show off before the draft.
Son Shaquille O’Neal was not selected this year, which is not surprising. Despite his 2.10m, most pundits consider him unsuitable for major league play at worst. At best, he is not ready. But his connection to a former teammate Kobe Bryant allowed him to train in Los Angeles.
“I felt like I didn’t have enough opportunities in college. I didn’t feel like myself. [L’invitation au workout] opened many doors for me. I feel like I’ve really come back and been able to show a little bit of what I’m capable of.”he said after the meeting.
The Lakers then decided to give him a chance. That way, he can play with the team in the Summer League in hopes of standing out. according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. A chance that he certainly owes a lot to his family name.
Scottie Pippen Jr is on the same track
Because one wasn’t enough, the Hollywood franchise killed two birds with one stone. She also offered a two-way contract to her son Scotty Pippen, a six-time NBA champion with the Bulls and Hall of Famers. Note, however, that his case is quite different.
Junior ends the season with 20.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game against Vanderbilt. He made a good impression in several of his training sessions. Sure, his small size (1.85m) hurt him in the draft, but his qualities as a scorer are worth the risk.
The Lakers front office offered him a two-way contract directly. according to Athletic. This will be an opportunity for him to show if he is capable of dealing with the big guys in the professional world. He more than Sharif can believe it.
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