The "SHAQ" docuseries has been widely anticipated around the league, as the show details the legendary big man's rise to NBA stardom and life off the court. Robert Alexander, the show's director, recently discussed with host Rich Eisen how it was to work with Shaquille O'Neal.
"Shaq is exactly on-camera the way he is off-camera," Alexander answered when asked what he learned about working with O'Neal. "He is one of the most genuine individuals I've ever interacted with. I think something else that's great about him is that he loves joy into such a high level that he just always want to find a positive space not only for himself but everyone he's around, which is great."
Heart on his sleeve
The four-time NBA champion is well-loved even after he has retired from the NBA, partly because of his sincerity, which Alexander alluded to.
Of course, that has not always led to positive results, as evidenced by his mixed bag of a playing career. Although he did win several titles and accomplished individual accolades, his career was marred by run-ins with coaches, teammates, and opponents. His beef with former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant was probably the most well-known. The "Big Diesel" recently addressed the matter, admitting that he regrets not calling the late Lakers idol more often when he was still alive.
Hopefully, the show will shed light on O'Neal's insights into the most significant moments in his NBA career, both the good and the bad.
Alexander further delved into Shaq's character in the interview, complimenting him on how "ruthless" he is on certain matters.
"On the total flipside, he's ruthless when it comes to business and his money and what he wants to achieve and what he wants his legacy and what his name to mean," the director continued. "He will not take any hesitation, no questions asked. 'This is what I am. That's what I'm going to represent.'"
It is no secret that O'Neal is one of the most remarkable basketball entrepreneurs. His business empire has helped him amass quite a fortune on top of the nearly $292 million he earned from his NBA contracts. The way his dominance on the court translated to his business ventures is awe-inspiring.
From what we've heard from the director, it seems that the docuseries about the larger-than-life NBA icon will surely be worth watching.