Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is no stranger to giving back. It’s not uncommon to hear of the four-time NBA champion paying for a stranger’s groceries, picking up the tab for an entire restaurant or even paying for someone’s engagement ring while out shopping. Shaq’s kindness reaches far and wide, and in his latest example of generosity the big man is helping lead a renovation project for a family member who played a key role early on in his NBA career.
O’Neal recently appeared on an episode of CBS’ “Secret Celebrity Renovation” where he took part in a home makeover for his Uncle Roy. The episode, which will air Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, shows O’Neal returning to Orlando, Florida where his NBA career began. (To check out a clip of the upcoming episode, click here).
When asked why his Uncle Roy was the ideal choice for the home renovation, Shaq said it was his uncle’s selflessness that made him a prime candidate for this opportunity.
“I’m a very gifting family guy. But if I call him and say ‘Uncle Roy, I’ve got a million, do you want $100,000?’ he’ll always say ‘No, you work hard for that,’” O’Neal said via “USA Today.” “He has never asked for anything in all my time, not money for a flight or a business deal, nothing.”
But getting Uncle Roy to agree to the home renovation was no small task, according to Shaq.
“When I asked him at first, he said no,” O’Neal said. “I had to get my mom, the oldest sibling. She talked to him and made him do it.”
The episode will follow Shaq and the renovation crew along as they upgrade his uncle’s home, with O’Neal also paying a special visit to the local Boys and Girls Club where even more surprises await.
Though Shaq’s NBA career is most commonly associated with the Los Angeles Lakers where he teamed up with Kobe Bryant to win three championships, in Orlando is where he laid the groundwork for his Hall of Fame career. Through four seasons with the Magic, Shaq was named Rookie of the Year, earned four All-Star selections and three All-NBA honors. When O’Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, it was his Uncle Roy who housed him until he got settled. So it’s no surprise Shaq chose his uncle for this special project after playing such a key role early in O’Neal’s career.
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Shaquille O’Neal is giving back to a loved one in a big way.
In an exclusive sneak peek from Secret Celebrity Renovation (above), which airs Friday, September 9 on CBS, the four-time NBA Champion, 50, partners up with Entertainment Tonight‘s Nischelle Turner and a design team of Survivor alum Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano and HGTV star Sabrina Soto to give back to his uncle Roy.
In the clip, Turner and O’Neal arrive at uncle Roy’s house and are greeted by O’Neal’s mom, Lucille.
“I need to make sure that you’re okay with Shaquille doing whatever he wants to do in your house,” Turner asks Roy.
“One hundred percent. Whatever he wants to do, I’m down with it,” Roy confirms before being whisked off for a two week hotel stay, his nephew carrying his bag for him.
In a confessional, the sports commentator expressed his excitement for the renovation, saying, “The fact that I can do this for my uncle and make my uncle and my mom happy, it’s a big thing.”
Secret Celebrity Renovation follows celebrities as they give back to those that helped them achieve their goals by surprising them with the home renovation of their dreams.
“Shaquille O’Neal” – Legendary NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal returns to Orlando, the place where his NBA career began, to give his selfless Uncle Roy a supersized home makeover. While renovations are underway, Shaq takes a break to visit the local Boys and Girls Club where he has some mega surprises for the kids, on SECRET CELEBRITY RENOVATION, Friday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*. Hosted by Nischelle Turner. The design team includes home improvement contractor and television personality Rob “Boston Rob” Mariano (SURVIVOR) and interior designer Sabrina Soto (“Design Star,” “Trading Spaces”). Pictured (L-R): Shaquille O’Neal, Uncle Roy, Dr. Lucille, and Nischelle Turner.
In the beginning of the episode, O’Neal and Turner talk about how special uncle Roy is while they drive up to his house in Orlando. “He used to always take care of me, always babysit me,” O’Neal says. “He never asked for anything, not a dime.” O’Neal says Roy never even asked for game tickets.
“I figured, all the relatives I’ve taken care of are spoiled, let me do something nice for uncle Roy,” he adds.
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Also in the episode, while renovations are underway, O’Neal takes a break to visit the local Boys and Girls Club. “It was a safe haven for me,” he recalls of the organization growing up.
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