“I expect them to do their best,” he said. “My son got a D on a paper one time, and he said he couldn’t find the information.”
So how did the basketball legend react?
“I went off,” he said with a laugh. “I said, ‘Let me tell you something, buddy. You’ve got Google. You got Bing. What do you mean you can’t find it? When I was your age, I had to go to a neighbor’s house and buy an encyclopedia.'”
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“If I were in school now, I’d be a genius,” he continued. “I’d be valedictorian. The world is at our fingertips. As adults, we have to help kids realize that.”
“You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have education, you can’t make it grow,” O’Neal added. “I didn’t want to be like 80% of the athletes who stop playing and have nothing. I don’t want to be part of that statistic. So I educated myself. I want that for my kids, too.”