Shaquille O’Neal, Noting When Serena Williams “Couldn’t Win,” Makes an Encouraging Comeback Claim

Tennis legend Serena Williams recently announced that she will be retiring after the US Open. As the world shared its love and support for one of the greatest athletes of all time, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal also joined the conversation.

Speaking to Shaq on the latest episode of The Big Podcast, the former NBA champion reflected on Serena’s legendary career. While Shaq feels like she’s not the same player she was before, he also said she might come back.

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The reason? To become the most successful player in the history of women’s tennis. Margaret Court currently has the highest number of Grand Slams in women’s tennis with 24 singles titles. She is closely followed by Serena, who has 23 to her name.

Shaq saidIn that sense I would say if she wants this record, come back and get it. But if she has nothing else to prove, I would just stay with my lovely kids and husband and be one of those legends that live forever.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 6: Shaquille O’Neal performs to promote ‘Toys For Tots’ during AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Shaq had previously spoken on the same podcast about noticing a drop in Serena’s performance. After the former Los Angeles Lakers Star, there have been instances where Serena has had a chance to capitalize on the opportunity, but she just couldn’t.

However, Shaq also made it clear that Serena no longer has anything to prove to anyone. In fact, she is a legend herself. So if she decides to come back, the Big Diesel would support her decision. If not, the four-time NBA champion believes Serena will still go down in history as the game’s pioneer.

Shaquille O’Neal takes inspiration from the Williams sisters

Serena Williams and her younger sister Venus Williams have enjoyed legendary tennis careers. While Serena has 23 Grand Slams, Venus has seven Grand Slams to her name.

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Needless to say, both serve as inspiration for millions of people around the world. Interestingly, even NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal seems to take inspiration from them.

him once saidWhen I’m having problems, I always say, look at Venus and Serena.‘ The four-time NBA champion said so during an event involving himself and Venus. After listening to Shaq’s kind words, Williams returned the favor by saying that the only word on everyone’s lips for 20 years has been Shaq.

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