“Everyone knows I’m a shisha man”

Fans made fun of the basketball legend for wearing sunglasses during an NBA finals game

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Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce before the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics during Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Finals on June 9, 2024

Shaquille O'Neal took the time to set the record straight after a viral post jokingly suggested that he and former NBA player Paul Pierce had consumed cannabis edibles during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

When O'Neal, 52, and Pierce, 46, were spotted on the ABC broadcast sitting courtside at Boston's TD Garden, several users on X (formerly known as Twitter) dedicated a meme to the duo, pointing out O'Neal's sunglasses and Pierce's concerned expression.

One of the most popular posts about their performance came from podcaster Travonne Edwards, who captioned a screenshot of O'Neal and Pierce, “The edibles ain't shit,” along with two laughing emojis.

But when O'Neal saw the post a day later, the former Celtic player responded in the third person to clarify that he does not consume edibles.

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“Shaq, don't eat anything you idiot. Stop tweeting stupid shit,” O'Neal wrote in his response to Edwards.

The Insights into the NBA The presenter said he was wearing sunglasses “because I glow, you stupid,” adding: “Everyone knows I'm a shisha man.”

Fans responded to O'Neal to let him know that the suggestion in the original tweet was more directed at Pierce, who appeared uncomfortable and overwhelmed when shown on the show.

“Brother Shaq I think they were talking about Pierce,” one user wrote.

Another said: “I should have told Paul Pierce to throw some sunglasses too.”

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O'Neal and Pierce appeared to be in high spirits in Boston during Game 2. In a video shared by the NBA on TNT, the former pros laughed when O'Neal pretended to sleep on his seat before the game began, which also fueled jokes about his relaxed state.

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The Celtics built a two-game lead over the Mavericks during the game, despite O'Neal's prediction that Boston would have no defense for Dallas star Luka Doncic.

“The Celtics are missing three or four players who can defend Luka. I like Dallas in this series. I like the way they play,” O'Neal said on May 30.

Game 3 between the Celtics and Mavericks begins on Wednesday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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