LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal and wife Shaunie O'Neal welcomed a new baby on Saturday at a Los Angeles area hospital, local television reported.
Shaquir Rashaun O'Neal, a boy, weighed in at seven pounds, 14 ounces and was born at 1:52 a.m.
O'Neal had said he might miss one of the Lakers' National Basketball Association playoff games to be present at the birth.
The due date was April 27, the same day as game four of their first-round series against Minnesota.
Instead he was expected to join the team in time for yesterday’s opening game in Minnesota, where the Lakers launch their bid for a fourth straight NBA title.
A less happy family obligation is also weighing on O'Neal as the playoffs begin. His grandfather, Sirlester O'Neal, died on Thursday in South Carolina. O'Neal is not expected to miss a game to attend the funeral, but will miss practice. – AFP