If you are an NBA or a basketball fan, you must know how beloved Shaquille O’Neal is amongst players. Throughout his career, Shaq knew how to earn the love and respect from people and right now he has to be one of the most important figures in the history of the sport and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.
In recent hours Shaq pulled off a great move and surprised a teen in Atlanta that couldn’t afford a pair of shoes. Zach Keith, 13, plays basketball and wears a size 18. As you can imagine, that particular size makes things hard for his mother, Brittany, to afford a pair of shoes for her growing son. The former Lakers and Heat player was contacted by CNN affiliate WGCL for help, and he acted quickly.
Shaq alongside WGCL’s Sharon Reed surprised Keith and his family with a great gift, as O’Neal bought him 10 pairs of shoes.
Mom couldn’t afford shoes,” O’Neal told WGCL-TV. “The kid had big feet and I just kind of reminisce back how that used to be me my mom and my dad.”
“Like, whoa,” Keith said to the station. “He wants to buy me shoes, out of all people?”
“This will help a lot,” Brittany Keith said. “I won’t so much have to worry about buying him dress shoes. He hasn’t had a pair of dress shoes in about four or five years because it’s been hard trying to find the ones that actually fit.
“And for me, it was just, it was very touching, very heartfelt and to know that there’s somebody out there that has his back.”
Back in the day, when the four-time NBA champion was only 18 and trying to go to prom, he wasn’t able to buy a pair of 18 size shoes. Bruce Teilhaber, the owner of Friedman’s Shoes in Atlanta, gave him a free pair of shoes and ever since that he’s been buying from him.
He remembered the situation he lived while giving Keith his brand new shoes. “Bruce did it for me, and I just want to return the favor,” O’Neal said.