NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal says that seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is one of his favourite athletes and says that he considers the Williams sisters to be role models.

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal on Venus and Serena Williams

Shaquille O’Neal and Venus Williams were part of an online conversation with Liam Mcgowan for SalesForce, an American cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco, California

O’Neal says, "Venus has always been one of my favorite athletes. You know a lady, a woman, a business person you know my daughters could look up to. When I was coming up I looked to the athletes and certain people in the neighborhoods to kind of guide me but once I stopped going left to the people in the neighborhood and started focusing on athletes it helped me develop so Venus has always been someone, she is tall, she is beautiful, my daughters are tall and beautiful so whenever I have problems I always say look at Venus and Serena."

Venus was obviously delighted with the comments from the basketball legend and had great things to say about the basketball legend himself. "That’s so kind. Just the way he revolutionized the game and the only word in everybody’s mouth for like 20 years was Shaq. He brings so much joy it’s so much fun the whole time."

48 year old Shaquille O'Neal is a former American professional basketball player who now works as a sports analyst on television. He was a four-time NBA champion and a 3 time NBA Finals MVP.

40 year old Venus Williams is a former World No. 1 and is considered one of the greatest players of all time in women's tennis. Besides her seven Grand Slam singles titles, she has also won 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles, all with sister Serena Williams. The American has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles and is the only tennis player to have won a medal at four Olympic Games. She plans to compete at the Western & Southern Masters and the US Open in New York later this month.

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