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Shaquille O’Neal served up laughs, and shed a few tears himself, on Tuesday’s “Inside the NBA” when producers aired a photo of his bare-naked bottom from the Lakers’ media day in 1996. It is the year the Lakers acquired O’Neal in free agency, and well, the rest is history.
The image shows a then-24-year-old O’Neal mooning the camera while teammate Rick Fox is in the middle of an interview. As O’Neal is captured lifting his yellow shorts to expose his behind, Fox is slouched in his chair with his hand on his head, clearly amused by the big man’s antics.
“You really did that at media day?” co-host Candace Parker said, to which O’Neal replied, “I was a kid!”
Meanwhile, co-host Dwyane Wade — who knows a thing or two about his former Heat teammate’s locker room comedy — said he couldn’t believe TNT aired the photo.
When producers kept the image blown up on the broadcast, O’Neal, through laughter, said, “Hey man, turn that off man, my momma watching the show — sorry mommy!”
He joked, “It’s photoshop mommy.”
The trolling escalated when Wade pointed out that O’Neal wasn’t wearing anything under his uniform shorts.
“Y’all didn’t wear tights back in the day?” Parker asked.
“I was running late and had to put my uniform on,” O’Neal recalled as he burst into laughter. He added, “#mediadaywithnodrawson”.
Wade, who couldn’t stop laughing throughout the scene, admitted he didn’t want to eat dinner after seeing O’Neal’s partially nude photo.
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