Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (born March 6, 1972), nicknamed "Shaq," is a retired American basketball player and current analyst on Inside the NBA. The 7 foot 1, 325 pound center is one of the best players to ever play in the NBA. Drafted first overall in 1992, O'Neal went on to win 4 NBA Championships in his career before retiring in 2011.
somebody that big simply shouldn't have that kind of coordination, athleticism or sense of play.
the 7′ 1″, 325-pound former center, now a basketball analyst for TNT, received a doctorate in education from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla.
It was in Germany that he first began to play Basketball but it wouldn't be until he was back in America that the sport would become serious for him.
Even if the Shaq-Kobe spat proved unnecessary and tiresome, that doesn't erase them as being the game's "most dominant duo,"
Things took a turn for the worse between the two after the Lakers lost to the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals. Phil Jackson wasn't offered a new contract and after learning of the news by watching television, O'Neal asked for a trade. After the trade to the Heat, O'Neal also publicly called Kobe a "clown" and "punk".
He released the first of his many rap albums, titled Shaq Diesel, and took his talent to the big-screen in the film Blue Chips, opposite Nick Nolte, and Kazaam.
Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant centers in the history of pro basketball. He started his NBA career in Orlando, but in 1996 moved to Los Angeles for a $120 million contract and the chance to enhance his acting and rap music careers.
During his years at Louisiana State, O'Neal was named the 1991 College Player of the Year and a unanimous first team All-American in both 1991 and 1992. He dropped out of college in 1992 after his junior year to pursue a career in the NBA.
The Orlando Magic made O'Neal the first overall selection in the 1992 NBA Draft. He won the 1993 Rookie of the Year Award, after averaging 23.4 PPG and 13.9 RPG.
Four championships; multi-MVP awards for this and that; 15 All-Star selections; averages of 24 points (fifth all-time) and 11 rebounds (first dozen) give or take some tenths; and a field goal percentage (.582) second only to Artis Gilmore in the category of players who have made at least 2,000 shots.
Won three consecutive NBA Championships (2000, 2001, 2002) with the Los Angeles Lakers and a fourth title with the Miami Heat (2006)…named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, the youngest player to earn the honor
he helped the U.S. Dream Team win gold at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Ask any current or former player, and they'll tell you that O'Neal's literal stature gave opponents or teammates pause more than any other contemporary they'd ever been around.
But Shaq was and is an American original, Goliath who loved being Goliath, a big man always completely comfortable in his skin.
"I told Shaq when I took over as head coach in our first initial meeting as a team that the MVP trophy should be named after him when he retired,"
I am not satisfied with my career just winning three championships, because I have been there five times, and I should have five right now. Should have five. Should have six, including this year, but it didn’t happen that way.