Shaq hip surgery confirmed after hospital photo post

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic greets Shaquille O'Neal after the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Centre, Houston, Texas, US on Dec 23, 2022.
PHOTO: Reuters

Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has had hip surgery, Broadcaster TNT said on Monday (March 20), after the four-time NBA champion gave fans a fright by posting a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed.

The 15-time All-Star and analyst for Inside the NBA will be absent from the broadcast booth while he recovers but sent out a note of support for the job being done by his fellow sportscasters Ernie Johnson and Candace Parker on Sunday.

"I'm always watching," the 51-year-old wrote on Twitter, with a photo of himself in a hospital gown. "Miss y'all."

Seven-time WNBA All-Star Parker responded to the tweet, "Love ya big Fella," as fans speculated over his wellbeing.

A spokesperson for TNT confirmed the surgery to Reuters.

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