Shaquille O'Neal Hilariously Recalls How Halle Berry Inspired Him to Have His "Best" Game Ever

Shaquille O'Neal dropped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Sept. 17 to chat with Jimmy Fallon and ended up sharing some surprising details about his NBA career.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 16, NBA star Shaquille O'Neal virtually stopped by The Tonight Show to chat with Jimmy Fallon about the current NBA playoffs and how he feels about the bubble the players being forced to stay in due to the coronavirus restrictions.

The former Lakers star revealed that he doesn't think he would have been able to handle being sequestered before a big game because he tends to get distracted when he's playing the game. He then revealed how a certain Hollywood actress managed to help him play one of his best games.

"I'm a pretty good player, but certain things make me great," he shared. "For example, one time I was playing against the New York Knicks and I'm at the free-throw line, and I see this girl walking down the aisle, and I'm like, 'she looks like...oh my god it is Halle Berry,' and I called a timeout."

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He continued, "I go to the bench and say, 'Halle Berry's at the game. Anybody shoots besides me and I'm punching you in your face. Halle Berry is here to watch me play the game, give it to me.' It was one of my best games I've ever had. Every time I got the ball I would look and make sure Halle was looking at me, and I just destroyed Patrick Ewing."

It payed off! Shaq has long been considered one of the greatest players to ever grace the court. Most of it is thanks to his incredible athleticism, but at least he has Halle Berry to thank for one great game!