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'When I go give a guy a hundred dollars, that's helping out a little bit but what about next week?' - Shaquille O'Neal wishes he could do more for the needy

Who knows, maybe sooner rather than later, Shaq finally finds a platform where he could do more for these people.
Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Living large – it's arguably the perfect way to describe how Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal is living his life right now. Because, for one, Shaq is literally big in size, but apart from that, he's also reportedly worth a massive $400 million.

With that amount of fortune, some of you might think that Shaq is a big spender. However, the truth is that "Diesel" doesn't like blowing his money. Instead, he does his best to help the needy as much as he can.

A reality slap

During a July episode of his "The Big Podcast," O'Neal recounted the moment he reached out to his father, hoping to be consoled because of the "pressure" he was dealing with in the NBA. But instead of comforting him like a whining kid, Shaq said his father made him realize that the real pressure is not knowing "where your next meal is coming from" by taking him to the homeless family he used to take care of.

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"He said, 'I don't ever want to hear you say that you can't handle the pressure ever again. You spoiled, m-fing brat. You got a big house, you got cars, you fly private. I don't want to ever hear that. Pressure is when you don't know where your next meal is coming from,'" O'Neal said.

"And, after that, I stopped complaining," he continued. "Cause I got it good. And he said, 'Push through it. Man up. I don't ever want to hear you say that again.'"

If only Shaq could, he would

From that point on, Shaq committed himself to helping the poor. However, he is well aware that he could only do so much for these people, and he badly wishes he "had enough power" to give them all a better life.

"It hurts my heart when I see homeless people…and I wish I had the quick answer to save everybody," Shaq admitted. "Like when I go give a guy a hundred dollars and say 'hey man, get something to eat.' That's helping out a little bit but what about next week? A week after that and the week after that?... I wish I was smart enough or I wish I had enough power to fix that."

Kudos to Shaq for doing everything he could at his disposal to help the needy. Who knows, sooner rather than later, he finally finds a platform where he could do more for these people.

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