Shaquille O’Neal treats kids to suits and basketball skills at Barclays Center

Shaq attack!: Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal hit the Barclays Center court with youngster Martray Bagely and other pint-sized local YMCA members to shoot hoops during a June 15 event, where the star athlete also shared life lessons he learned from his 19-year career with the kids.
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These clothes are fresh off the Shaq!

Basketball legend and “Kazaam” star Shaquille O’Neal paid a surprise visit to 12 lucky kids at the Barclays Center on June 15, where the hulking style ambassador for department store JC Penny treated the youngsters to new suits — and some game-perfecting tips — at a promotional event hosted by the retailer.

Organizers invited the adolescent local YMCA members to meet Shaq and three National Basketball Association draft prospects — Duke University’s Marvin Bagley III, Michigan State University’s Jaren Jackson, Jr., and 2018 NCAA champion Villanova University’s Mikal Bridges — during a two-hour leadership seminar hosted by the athletes, who wowed the young minds with their wisdom.

“The kids were thrilled,” said YMCA of Greater New York executive Cedric Dew.

And after teaching the kids how to act like winners, the seven-foot-one-inch four-time NBA champ showed them how to dress — and play — the part, fitting the teens in brand-new formal wear before leading them in some drills on the hardwood.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:42 pm, July 9, 2018
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