Shaq Provides 'Backup' To Florida Officers For Pickup Game With Kids

Shaq Provides 'Backup' To Florida Officers For Pickup Game With Kids
Viral video prompts NBA great Shaquille O'Neal to surprise Officer Bobby White and a group of kids with a pickup game in Gainesville, Florida.

Remember when a police officer got a noise complaint about some kids playing basketball in the street, and instead of telling them off, jumps into the game — even lowering the rim to throw down a dunk. (Video via Gainesville Police Department)

Right at the end of the video he says he’ll be back again soon. 

"I’ll try and get some backup, and we’ll get a little game going tomorrow," Officer Bobby White said.

Well, Officer White made good on his word, and let’s just say the "backup" he promised didn't need a lower rim. (Video via Gainesville Police Department)

"Holy crap, you’re huge!" one kid said after meeting Shaquille O’Neal. 

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal saw the video online and took a trip down to Gainesville, Florida, to surprise Officer White and the basketball-playing kids, and soon, the game was on.

O’Neal, who was a reserve police officer, wasn’t there to just show off his dazzling post moves. He also delivered some valuable advice to his young fans in the game. 

"I will be a leader and not a follower," O’Neal said, with the kids repeating after him. "I will respect my peers, my elders and especially my parents."

Looks like a fun afternoon for all involved. Wonder how that neighbor feels.

This video includes images from Getty Images.