Shaq raises concern with photo of hospital bed

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal raised concerns about his health Sunday when he tweeted a photo of himself from a hospital bed.

O’Neal’s tweet was directed at NBA broadcaster Ernie Johnson and WNBA superstar Candace Parker, both of whom are involved in coverage of March Madness on various television channels. However, what O’Neal was doing at the hospital was concerning to fans of the former Los Angeles Lakers star.

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Shaquille O’Neal, aka DJ Diesel, performs during Late Night at the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas on October 14, 2022. (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

While the great man was being prayed for, Awful Announcer’s Ken Fang delivered the message Johnson said during the tournament broadcast. Johnson said O’Neal would have hip replacement surgery.

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O’Neal is only 51 years old, but although he appeared to have slimmed down after his playing days, his hip took too much wear and tear. At his peak, the NBA center weighed in at 325 pounds and stood at 7-foot-1. He told Logan Paul last year that he moved up to 401 pounds.

Shaquille O'Neal attends the game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks at the Toyota Center in Houston on December 23, 2033.

Shaquille O’Neal attends the game between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks at the Toyota Center in Houston on December 23, 2033. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

In December, O’Neal opened up about losing weight in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

«A friend of mine called me and said, ‘You’re fat,’ and he gave me this guy’s name, and he did some blood work on me,» he said at the time. «He would say, ‘You can do this, you can’t do that, [eat] more vegetables, [your] iron is low.

Television analyst Shaquille O'Neal looks on before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics at the Chase Center in San Francisco on June 5, 2022.

Television analyst Shaquille O’Neal looks on before game two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics at the Chase Center in San Francisco on June 5, 2022. (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)

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«Once I started changing certain things, it went down. It’s all about eating right.»