Shaq, Candace Parker Shared Such a Sweet Moment, and NBA Fans Loved It

Shaquille O'Neal and Candace Parker
Shaquille O'Neal and Candace Parker / Screenshot from Inside the NBA

One week removed from announcing her intention to retire from the WNBA after 16 seasons, Candace Parker was named the president of Adidas Women's Basketball earlier this week. Her new role will give her a place in product development with the apparel brand.

Shaquille O'Neal has shared a special friendship with Parker over the years, serving as a mentor to the retired star through her basketball journey. On Wednesday night, Inside the NBA interviewed Parker about her new role, and Shaq expressed how proud he was of her.

Parker spoke about how O'Neal mentored her both on the court with her game, and off the court with her business interests. Their special moment captivated basketball fans on social media.

Here are some of the best reactions to the interview:

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