The world needs Shaquille O’Neal coaching high school basketball, if only for the unintentional comedy of it all, and while that might sound more like a plot for a “Blue Chips 2” pitch, there’s at least a glimmer of hope this could be reality.
You see, Windward School (Los Angeles) interim boys’ basketball coach Rod Foster has resigned following the team’s second-round loss in California’s Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs, according to LA Times prep reporter Eric Sondheimer. But the future is bright Wildcats despite a disappointing 11-17 record this past season.
That’s because Windward features a 6-foot-9 sophomore by the name of Shareef O’Neal, who averaged some 24 points per game for the Wildcats and already has offers from UCLA and USC. Oh, and did we mention he’s the son of Shaq?
Sondheimer tossed in a great line at the end of his news item on Foster, who replaced Steve Smith as the team’s head coach midway through the 2015-16 season: “No word if Shaquille will put his name in the hat to be the next coach.”
Maybe, just maybe, that’s not such a joke, after all. In a recent interview with Home Team Hoops, Shareef shared how much his father’s instruction has helped him improve his game — and not just in the manner you might imagine.
“My post game isn’t really strong like his; I’m more of a perimeter guy, so I go to him every summer for almost the whole summer until basketball, and we work on post moves and other guard moves.
“Surprisingly, he knows a lot of guard moves.”
Well, that’s about all I need to know Shaq could coach Windward in 2016-17. This is how I picture his interview going:
And let’s not forget Shaqir O’Neal is waiting in the wings three years behind his older brother Shareef. Shaq has been everything from a basketball player to a rapper, an actor, a police officer, a mixed martial artist, a TV analyst and a pitch man for Gold Bond, so it’s not that big of a stretch to imagine The Diesel becoming a high school basketball coach. Make. It. Happen.