Halle Berry, in attendance at a Lakers game in the hopes of meeting Shaquille O’Neal. He gave her some words to remember when his time comes for him to pass away by telling her she is here just to watch him, nobody shoots because he needs the ball and will play until he gets it.
Shaquille O’Neal was one of the NBA’s most dominating players. During an illustrious career, he demonstrated his worth by winning four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers (3) and the Miami Heat.
The Big Diesel never missed an opportunity to demonstrate his dominance on the floor, embarrassing opponents with huge dunks. Besides, he wasn’t afraid to take a shot at attracting women’s attention, sometimes shooting really high.
Shaq had the clout that many wished for as an NBA star, but it didn’t mean he wasn’t frightened in front of a gorgeous lady. The NBA center expressed how frightened he was when he learned Halle Berry will be in attendance at a Lakers game a few months ago.
In an interview with The Kelly Clarkson Show in September, the 49-year-old described being stunned by Berry’s beauty and attempting to get protagonism in order to please the Hollywood actress.
Entertainment Tonight reports:
He remarked, “I wanted to offer the celebrities the same delight that they gave me.” “Like, when I come into a game and see Denzel [Washington] and Jack Nicholson, they give me so much satisfaction, like when I’m at home watching Netflix, so I always think, ‘OK, they’re here to see me and Kobe [Bryant] win the title, I gotta make sure I always play well.’”
Shaq’s fondest memory is of being on the court at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where he was startled when he saw Berry walking down the stairs when he was at the free throw line.
“My heart began to flutter, I became scared, and I called a timeout,” he said. “‘What are you doing?!’ exclaimed Coach. ‘Shut up, Halle Berry is here to keep an eye on me,’ I added. Make sure I receive the ball if no one else does.’ And, surprise, surprise, I made the free throw. I hit the free throw and gave Halle a [winks] look.”
“I used to stammer when I was younger,” he said. “She’s the one lady who restores my stuttering.”
Halle Berry is without a doubt one of the most beautiful ladies on the planet. She has a lot of skill and is much more than a lovely face, which most guys find scary. Shaq wasn’t an exception, but he did try to take advantage of Berry’s proximity.
Shaq’s fascination to Berry predates his arrival in Los Angeles. O’Neal said in his book “Shaq Uncut” that he penned a letter to the actress during his undergraduate days and received a response (S/O Bleacher Report).
“I remember being in my dorm room one night, and we were watching the movie Jungle Fever, and I thought Halle Berry was so beautiful, so I sent her a note.” I was only joking about when I told her I was a great admirer and would love to meet her. I didn’t care if the boys thought I was a jerk for doing it. Halle Berry responded a few weeks later, no lie. She gave me a signed photograph, which I still keep on my desk. She’s a basketball lover, it turns out. “I’m a great admirer of yours, too,” she responded. I can’t wait to see you in the NBA.”
Unfortunately for the huge guy, Berry was never a thing for him. An old video of Halle looking on Kobe Bryant went viral lately, causing a stir in the NBA world.
Meanwhile, Shaq has continued to fire bullets at a number of ladies, including rapper Megan Thee Stallion. As an analyst, O’Neal continues to make headlines, but this has to be one of his better anecdotes from his playing days.