Shaquille O'Neal will surely be having second thoughts before placing a bet with one of his friends in the future.
The NBA legend has been ruthlessly trolled on social media after coming off second best in a bet with retired star Dwyane Wade.
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The pair threw down a bet for this week's Milwaukee Bucks-Miami Heat game, which the Heat won 105-89.
As the Heat's all-time leading point-scorer and having won three NBA championships during his time in Miami, it was no surprise that Wade wagered on them to win.
Rather than wanting any monetary reward for his successful bet, Wade opted for something a little different.
Basketball fans all over the world now have him to thank for the hilarious outcome.
Shaq revealed on an NBA pre-game show that his punishment for losing the bet was to grow out his hairline and go on TV with the new look.
“He said, ‘Nah, you have to let your hairline grow out. We want to see your hairline looking like Kenny Smith,’” O’Neal said.
“So I just lined it up for y’all so y’all can see where my hairline starts."
Despite the comical nature of Shaq's new 'do, the NBA legend was determined to make it his own.
“I look good, and I’m proud to do it, and I’m keeping it all week,” O'Neal boldly declared.
Naturally, with his hairline starting so far back on his head, O’Neal was subjected to merciless trolling from fans on social media.
SHAQ HAIRLINE 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— LAYLEGENDARY (@_STARSCREAM_11) March 4, 2020
Lets talk about Shaq’s hairline 💀😭— Andrea🤍 (@Madam_medusa_) March 4, 2020
I just want my credit score to be as high as Shaq’s hairline— Juice (@cardijoee) March 4, 2020
Shaq says he lost a bet to Dwyane Wade. Is that a skull cap or a yarmulke? pic.twitter.com/dkLWhTdmt3— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) March 4, 2020
Shaq’s new look is a whole vibe pic.twitter.com/zR4M9mAIsM— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) March 4, 2020
This bet Shaq lost though. Thems is some STAKES! https://t.co/tSwBf8Sich— Marshall Harris (@mharrisonair) March 4, 2020
Player’s return from brain injury warms hearts
Five years ago, a car accident put Indiana high school basketball star Josh Speidel in a coma and left him with a traumatic brain injury.
Before the accident, the 6-foot-7 Speidel was a 3-star recruit committed to play in college at Vermont.
Instead of competing for playing time in Burlington, Speidel was left trying to re-learn how to walk, read and talk, according to the Burlington Free Press.
It was only after an incredible recovery that Speidel was able to enrol at Vermont, with a scholarship still waiting for him.
Speidel became part of the basketball team, but didn’t appear in any games. It was his dream to change that, however improbable it might be.
The basket was the result of a trade where Albany was allowed a free basket after tip-off, followed by a possession where every member of the Catamounts touched the ball until it reached a driving Speidel for a lay-up.
“I'll be overblown with emotion, gratitude, finally realising that I'm out there,” Speidel said, according to WTHR.
“College basketball, my dream — I'm doing it.”
The basket isn’t the only inspiring part of Speidel’s story.
Per WTHR, the student who doctors said would not be able to reach beyond a fourth-grade reading level will graduate from Vermont in May with a 3.4 GPA.
With his individualised degree in education, Speidel wants to work with children through sports.
With Yahoo Sports US