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Shaquille O’Neal is giving 100% effort in his role with Reebok

by The Grio

As Reebok gears up for a triumphant return to basketball with Shaquille O’Neal at the helm, the Hall of Famer is pledging his full devotion to the mission.

“Listen, we’re getting back into basketball,” O’Neal said during Reebok’s annual brand summit in March, per The New York Times. “And I want everyone in here to understand there are no excuses. Everyone needs to be 100% in on this because I’m 100% in on this.”

In October, the brand named O’Neal president of basketball and announced another NBA legend, Allen Iverson, as vice president. Both Iverson and O’Neal have history with Reebok, particularly during its heyday in basketball apparel during the ’90s and early ’00s. Reebok hopes to recapture that era’s success with O’Neal and Iverson, who each played a major role back then.

A new line is slated for release in early 2025. While the company hasn’t provided details on what’s coming and when to expect it, the wheels have been turning since O’Neal and Iverson came aboard. O’Neal wants a product that will “make noise,” especially in today’s digital native world.

He said major sports brands used to sell shoes and apparel by partnering with high-profile players, but that’s no longer the case. “Now, it’s bloggers, emcees, athletes, designers,” he said.

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However, the brand still hopes buzzworthy players have pull. O’Neal urged Reebok to partner with Angel Reese, a former LSU player grad (like O’Neal). She’s among the WNBA’s most popular rookies after being drafted in the first round by the Chicago Sky last month.

“She’s like a daughter to me,” O’Neal said. “She’s fearless. She’s herself.”

Beyond teaming up with new players like Reese, O’Neal is excited about Iverson’s return. He noted the former Philadelphia 76er has a different pull in the basketball world. 

“If I’m a guard and I get a call from…

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