Brenden also revealed that NBA star Shaquille O'Neal was one of his heroes. "That's because I could look at him at eye level," he said.
When Shaq heard about Brenden, he wanted to surprise him with the offer of a lifetime—some one-on-one hang time. "We're going to fly you and your family to Phoenix to a game," Shaq said. "You'll hang out with me, we'll ride around, go shopping, go to the mall. We'll just have fun, because I'm 12 years old also."