Posted September 30, 2019 09:02:16 Shaquille O’Neal has revealed that he used to be “the one who was the biggest bench presser” in the NBA, and now believes that he has overcome his bench-press issues.
Key points:O’Neal’s former coach, Rich Jackson, has backed Shaq in his rehabilitation from the injuryThe veteran guard believes he has learned a valuable lesson from his injury and has been able to improve in his bench pressingThe former NBA All-Star, who had surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, believes he is ready to resume his career in the gymFollowing his injury in January, Shaq underwent surgery to repair the torn meniscal.
A year on, the 34-year-old, who retired in March, has returned to the gym.
In a recent interview with Australian media, O’Neil revealed that his rehabilitation process had been a “gut feeling”.
“I had a gut feeling that I had got a lot of my issues in my knees, and the last couple of years I’ve been able, I’ve learnt a valuable life lesson, which is to just kind of stay healthy and to just have a positive mindset,” he said.
“You just have to just keep going.”
The veteran NBA player, who spent a lot time on the bench during his career, said that he had taken on the role of “a kid in a classroom” as he continued to rehab.
“I’ve got a good, young, young guy that’s kind of in my class, I’m going to do what he says, he’s going to help me out, I think he’s gonna help me with this, and I think that’s really the difference between me and most people who have had injuries, he said.”
Shaq said he has not made a lot on the court, but is confident he can improve his bench.
“It’s not that I’m trying to look bad on the outside, but when you start doing that on the inside, you get a little bit of a gut reaction to where you’re at,” he added.
“So I think it’s really helped me to just just keep doing what I do, keep improving.”
A video of Shaq with his former coach Rich Jackson can be viewed below.