Shaquille O’Neal is on the mend.
The NBA legend’s fans were concerned after he shared a picture on Twitter of himself laying on a hospital bed.
“I’m always watching @TurnerSportsEJ and @Candace_Parker miss y’all,” he captioned the shot, showing that he’s tuning in watching his fellow NBA on TNT coworkers.
Thankfully, there’s no reason to worry.
TMZ reported that O’Neal received surgery for a hip injury over the weekend, which proved to be successful. He is currently in recovery.
Fellow TNT sports analyst Candace Parker shared her appreciation towards O’Neal in tweet, writing, “Love ya big Fella ❤️.”
Love ya big Fella ❤️ https://t.co/SzAwoq2mfp— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) March 20, 2023
O’Neal spoke about his surgery on the March 9 episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq, where he said he was aiming to return to work on April 16. He joked that he’s trying to lose 30 pounds during his recovery time and heading back to the show with an eight pack.
He said he’s going on the 51 diet—”five BS meals and one [real] meal.” The diet involves a “shake for breakfast; fruit plate [as the] second meal; four chicken breasts and some ketchup—slice them up, dip them into ketchup; a salad; and a shake for the last meal.”
“I’m gonna do that for 90 days and get shredded,” he said.
O’Neal is also not letting his hip surgery stop him from performing as DJ Diesel. He’ll have three shows at Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas on June 10, July 5, and July 8. He also is doing a DJ set in Honolulu, Hawaii venue The Republik on July 14, marking the first time he’s performed in the state.