Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal:


Shaquille O’Neal is considered one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the freshest characters in the history of the sport. He has played on several NBA teams, including the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

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Early Life


  • Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey, to Lucille O’Neal and Joseph Toney. Shaquille o'neal age is 48 years.

  • When Shaquille was still a baby, his father fought against drug addiction and was imprisoned for drug possession, remaining out of his son's life and agreeing to grant parental rights to Shaquille's stepfather, Philip A. Harrison, who was a reserve sergeant in the career army.

  • Young O’Neal began attending Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1989 after his stepfather was transferred to a local US military position from Germany.

  • There, he led his basketball team to a 68-1 record in over two years and helped his team win state championships in his last year, earning him a scholarship at Louisiana State University (LSU).

  • He also set a state record for most rebounds in a season in his junior year, a record that still exists today.

  • After finishing high school, O’Neal went to LSU where he specialized in business and played for the school's university basketball team. In his two seasons with the LSU, Shaquille - 7 feet tall and shaquille o'neal weight is 315 pounds - was one of the most dominant players in college basketball. In 1991, he was named University Player of the Year by the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) and twice became a unanimous All-American first team in 1991 and 1992.

  • O’Neal dropped out of LSU in 1992 after his junior year to pursue a professional basketball career with the National Basketball Association (NBA).


  • Shareef Rashaun O'Neal is shaquille o'neal son, who was born in January 11, 2000 and is an American college basketball player for the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

  • Shaquille o'neal girlfriends were many and dated the most beautiful models and actresses before he found love with wife Shaunie O’Neal.

  • Ayesha O'Neal and Lateefah O'Neal were the two shaquille o'neal’s sisters, and one brother, Jamal O'Neal.


Shaq Magic


  • Orlando Magic chose O’Neal as their first overall choice in the 1992 NBA Draft along with Alonzo Mourning.

  • During the Heaven at Magic, he became known as Shaq and gained popularity. He ranked in the top ten in terms of scoring, rebounds, blocks and shooting percentage. He earned the Player of the Week title in his first week of professional play, later becoming the first All-Star rookie after Michael Jordan and receiving the 1993 NBA Beginner of the Year award.

  • Shaq was famously known as a bad free throw shooter, and Shaq focused on trying to get more points with a power slam dunk.

  • Shaq continued to dominate NBA boards during his student year in 1993, when phenomenal scorer Penny Hardaway joined Orlando Magic, leading the team’s first playoffs in franchise history.

  • O’Neal averaged 29.3 points per game and later in the series led the team all the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and defending champion Rockets.


  • Amongst the greatest shaquille o'neal stats, are the shaquille o'neal’s points which remained stable at 23.7

  • Shaq lost a significant portion of the 1995-1996 season due to injury, and Orlando Magic was unable to pass through the finals after losing to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

  • After a visible consequence of the court’s reputation, Shaq left Orlando and tried to act in Hollywood, where he played genie in the now famous film Kazaam.


Moving to L.A.


  • Shaq signed the largest contract in the NBA history in 1996, a massive $ 120 million 7-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, which still ignited its superstar status. That same year, he helped the U.S. basketball dream team earn gold at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Although Shaq posted stable numbers during the 1996-97 season at the Lakers, he missed 30 games due to an injury that would upset him in the final third of his career.

  • From 1997 to 1998, the Lakers won 61 games without Shaq, but failed to win over Utah Jazz for the second consecutive year. Fortunately, the rescue was underway in the form of the teenage phenomenon Kobe Bryant.

  • However, despite the Shaq-Kobe combo, the Lakers struggled at first and failed to freeze in the 50 game season in 1999. They still made the playoffs, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Before the 2000-01 season, the Lakers signed Shaq for a contract extension of $ 88.5 million over 3 years.

  • In 2000, with Phil Jackson commanding the team and Kobe Bryant at its peak, the Lakers dynasty was born and Shaq had the best season of his career. He dominated the league, averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds per game, leading the Lakers to an NBA championship and winning first prize for most valuable player.

  • A year later, the Lakers continued to flourish in a full-fledged dynasty, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in the final to win their second consecutive title.

  • As he continued to dominate the boards, the players in the league began to use the “hack-a-shaq” method, forcing the big man into the line, knowing he was a terrible free thrower .

  • The Los Angeles Lakers won their third straight NBA title in 2002 after defeating California rival Sacramento Kings in a very intense Western Conference final.

  • The fall of the dynasty

  • The L.A. Lakers championship streak ended in the fall of 2002, missing their first final since 1999, without Shaq who has just had toe surgery. The loss prompted team owner Jerry Buss to reorganize the Lakers roster.

  • The following year, amid widely publicized reports involving a conflict between Shaq and Kobe, the Lakers did not win a title again. After the season, the team decided to trade Shaq and his contract with the Miami Heat.

From one team to another


  • In his first season at South Beach, Shaq flourished and returned to his old habits, averaging double-double per game and helped the Heat win the NBA Championship in 2006, the 4th title in his career.

  • Shaq continued to lead the NBA in percentage goals scored in 2005 and 2006 and, in the 2006-07 season, reached a career milestone with his 25,000th point.

  • But injuries were starting to pile up for Big Shaq after missing 23 regular season games. After playing only 40 games and not being part of the All-Star team for the first time in his career in 2007-2008, the worst Miami Heat decided to let go of Shaq.

  • In 2008, it was time for the big center to leave. This time he was sent to the Arizona desert and became "The Big Shaqtus".

  • He would only play one season with the Phoenix Suns, but that did not stop him from dropping the boards and winning a NBA All-Star Game co-MVP title in 2009. There, Shaq found again aiming for a champion title with a standout point guard Steve Nash.

  • The Suns decided to trade Shaq after missing the playoffs in 2008-2009. He was then sent to the Midwest and vowed to race with a famished Cleveland Cavaliers championship with superstar LeBron James. However, Shaq, being the longest-serving NBA player in history at the time, was not fit enough to provide effective minutes for the team, and the Cavs eventually collapsed against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.

  • After only one season with the Cavs, Shaq became a free agent and was signed by the Boston Celtics in August 2010. Unfortunately, an Achilles injury hampered the big man and the team during the 2010 season -11. In addition to missing 27 season games, Shaq missed the first round of the 2011 playoffs and only played 2 games in the second round.




  • Shaq decided to call it to quit on June 1, 2011, announcing its intention to withdraw from the NBA. Although he was the Juggernaut of the basketball court - probably the largest physical sample the league has ever seen - he is remembered for his great personality and eternal congestion.

  • He then became an NBA analyst for Turner Network Television, working alongside NBA legends Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith in his show within the NBA.




Off the Court




  • O’Neal skipped and left the LSU for the NBA after three years. However, she promised her mother to eventually return to her studies and complete her bachelor’s degree. He fulfilled his promise in 2000 by earning his B.A. degree in general studies, with a minor in political science. Coach Phil Jackson let O’Neal miss the home game so he could attend the graduation. At the ceremony, he told the audience "now I can go and get the right job." Later, O’Neal earned an online MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2005. Referring to his MBA, he stated, “It’s just something that’s on my resume when I get back to reality. like everyone else.

  • At the end of his police career, he began training for a doctorate at Barry University. The topic of his doctoral summit was "The duality of humor and aggression in leadership styles." O'Neal became Ed.D. Degree in Personnel Development in 2012. O’Neal told ABC News editor that he intends to continue his education by attending law school.

  • O’Neal has also studied directing and film at the New York Academy of Film Filmmakers Conservatory.




Law enforcement


  • O’Neal continued to take a keen interest in the work of police departments and was personally involved in law enforcement. O’Neal went through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Reserve Academy and became deputy chief with the Los Angeles Port Police.

  • On March 2, 2005, O'Neal was awarded the Order of the Deputy Prime Minister and appointed a representative of the Safe Surfin 'Foundation. he served as an honorary role in a task force of the same name that tracks sexual predators targeting children on the Internet.

  • While trading in Miami, O’Neal began training to become vice president of Miami Beach. He was sworn in on December 8, 2005, but was elected to a private ceremony to avoid attracting the attention of other officials. Shortly thereafter in Miami, O’Neal testified about a hate crime (a man’s assault when he called homophobic scammers) and called Miami-Dade police, describing the suspect and helping police with his cell phone to track the offender. O’Neal’s actions led to the arrest of two detainees on charges of heavy battery assault and hate crime.


Career in music


  • From 1993, O’Neal began composing rap music. He released five studio albums and one compilation album. Although his blinking ability was immediately criticized, one critic criticized him for "advancing as rapper in small steps, not by leaps and bounds." Shaq Diesel, which received its debut in 1993, received a platinum certificate from the RIAA.

  • O’Neal appeared alongside Michael Jackson as a guest reporter on “2 Bad,” a song from Jackson’s 1995 HIStory album. He added three songs to Kazaam's soundtrack, including the song "We Genie."

  • O’Neal also appeared on Aaron Carter’s 2001 hit series “That How I Beat Shaq”. Shaq also appears in the music video for the release.

  • Shaquille O’Neal conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra at the Boston Symphony Hall on December 20, 2010.

  • In July 2017, O’Neal released a diss song aimed at LaVar Ball, the father of NBA point guard Lonzo Ball. The three-minute song was released in response to Ball claiming he and his younger son LaMelo would win O’Neal and his son Shareef in a basketball game.






  • Starting with Blue Chips and Kazama, O’Neal appeared in films that some critics contributed to.

  • O’Neal is one of the first African-Americans to portray a great cartoon superhero in the film. He is starring John Henry Irons, the protagonist of the 1997 film Steel. He is preceded only by Michael Jai White, whose film Kutema was released two weeks before Steel.

  • O’Neal appeared independently in the episode Curb Your Enthusiasm, which had been taken to bed after Larry David’s character accidentally stabbed him by stretching, and in two episodes, both my wife and children and The Parkers. He appeared in cameo roles in Freddy Got Fingered, Jack and Jill and Scary Movie 4. O'Neal appeared in the 311 music video for the hit single "You Don't Believe" in 2001 in 2001, in the P. Diddy video for "Bad Boy for Life," video of Aaron Carter's "That How Beat Shaq," video of Owl City's "Vanilla Twilight" and video of Maroon 5's "Don't Want to Know."

  • O'Neal appeared in CB4 in a small "interview" section. O’Neal appeared in a SportsCenter ad wearing his Miami police uniform and rescuing Mike the Tiger Tree. O’Neal wanted to enroll in a role in X2 (the second in the X-Men series), but the filmmakers ignored it. O’Neal appeared as an officer on the Fluzoo comedy series Grown Ups 2.

  • He expressed animated versions of yourself on several occasions, including in the animated series Static Shock (2002; episode "Static Shaq"), Johnny Bravo (1997; episode "Back on Shaq"), Uncle Grandpa, Perfect Kid, The Lego Movie, as well as voice role in the movie, The Smurfs 2 in 2013.




  • O’Neal and his mother, Lucille Harrison, were featured in the documentary Apple Pie, which aired on ESPN. O’Neal had a 2005 reality series on ESPN, Shaquille, and he hosted a series called Shaq’s Big Challenge on ABC.

  • O'Neal appeared at NBA Ballers and NBA Ballers: Phenom in the 2002 Discovery Channel motorcycle Mania 2 series, which asked for an exceptionally large bike to fit his large-scale famous custom motorcycle maker Jesse James, in the first Idol issue in 2007, in the episode Fear Factor, and in the episode of Jackass on MTV, where he was lifted off the back of Wee Man. O'Neal was a wrestling fan and appeared at many WWE events.

  • O'Neal was banked to the MTV show Punk'd when a crew member accused him of stealing his parking space. When O’Neal and his wife went to a restaurant, Ashton Kutcher’s crew members let air out of O’Neal’s tires. O'Neal and the crew member then ended up in battle and after Kutcher told O'Neal that he had been Punk'd, O'Neal made an obscene gesture on camera.

  • O'Neal starred in an exhibition of an actual program called Shaq Vs. which premiered on August 18, 2009, at ABC.The program included O’Neal, which competed with other athletes in its own sports.

  • On July 14, 2011, O’Neal officially made a statement that he will join TNT, the Turner Network Television, as an analyst for NBA basketball sports and join Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

  • He hosted the Upload show with Shaquille O’Neal, who starred in TruTV for one season.




  • O’Neal has appeared in numerous appearances on TV commercials, including several Pepsi commercials, including one since 1995, which parodies series such as I Love Lucy ("Job Exchange" episode), Bonanza, and Woody Woodpecker; various 1990s Reebok ads; Nestlé Crunch ads; Gold Bond products; General insurance advertisements; and IcyHot ads.

  • Miscellaneous martial arts

  • O’Neal began practicing mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2000. At Jonathan Burken’s Gracie Gym, he trained in boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling. At the gym, he used the nickname Diesel. O'Neal challenged propeller and martial arts artist Choi Hong-man to a mixed martial arts rule match on a YouTube video posted on June 17, 2009. Choi responded to an email asking if he wanted to fight O'Neal saying "Yes, if there is a chance. In Boston, On August 28, 2010, in UFC 118, O'Neal stated his desire to fight Cho in an another interview.


Professional wrestling


  • Lifelong professional wrestling fan O’Neal has appeared in several television campaigns over the years with three different promotions.

  • In 1994, O’Neal made several appearances at the World Championships (WCW), including the Bash at the Beach payout review, where he shared the title belt for WCW World Heavyweight Championship winner Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

  • In July 2009, O’Neal hosted a live broadcast of WWE’s Saturday Night Raw. As part of the show, O’Neal got into a physical battle with the seven-foot-high wrestler’s Big Show.

  • In September 2012, O’Neal appeared as a guest on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Impact Wrestling program, where he had a behind-the-scenes segment with Hulk Hogan.

  • In April 2016, O’Neal took part in his first-ever match when he was surprised on a celebrity day at André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMan 32. O’Neal eliminated Damien Sandow and had another confrontation with the Big Show before most other wrestlers destroy him.

  • In the July 2016 red carpet ESPY Award, the Big Show and O’Neal met for another brief contrast. A match was proposed for WrestleMania 33, which was accepted by O'Neal. In January 2017, they started calling each other on social media by posting practice videos of themselves in preparation for a potential match. After weeks of discussion, the match was canceled. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the match was canceled for financial reasons because the two sides could not reach an agreement on the deal. The Big Show later announced that the cancellation caused O'Neal's sub-scheduling problems.


Business ventures


  • O’Neal also proved to become an active and successful businessman and investor. He was an active bond investor in the early 1990s, but continued to wade into stocks and made investments in several companies, including General Electric, Apple and PepsiCo. He described what has worked best for him in equity investments, where he felt a personal connection to the company. He has also been an active real estate entrepreneur. O’Neal wanted to expand its business with real estate development projects designed to help Orlando homeowners close the market. His plans were to buy foreclosed mortgages and then sell the apartments to them on more favorable terms. He would earn a small profit in return, but wanted to make an investment in Orlando and help homeowners.
  • Together with Boraie Development, O’Neal has developed projects in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, including CityPlex12 and One Riverview.
  • O’Neal serves on the advisory board of Tout Industries, a San Francisco-based social video service startup. He was given the job in return for news of his NBA retirement service.
  • In September 2013, O’Neal became a minority shareholder for Sacramento Kings.
  • In June 2015, O’Neal invested in technology company Loyale3 Holdings Inc., a San Francisco brokerage whose website and mobile apps allow companies to sell part of their IPO directly to small investors who have invested just $ 100 and also allow investors to buy small amounts on a regular basis already. shares in public companies.
  • O’Neal is an investor in the eSports team at NRG Esports. He has also appeared in television commercials promoting Counter-Strike: Global Offensive League ELeague.
  • In late 2016, O’Neal acquired Krispy Kreme’s location at 295 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta. O'Neal is also the company's global representative.
  • In early 2019, O’Neal joined Papa John’s board and invested in nine stores in the Atlanta area. In addition, he became a representative of the company as part of a three-year contract


Media Personality


  • O’Neal called himself a “great Aristotle” and a “master of the hooligan” for his demonstrations and views during the interviews. Reporters and others gave O'Neal several nicknames, including "Shaq," "The Diesel," "Shaq Fu," "Big Daddy," "Superman," "Big Agave," "Big Cactus," "Big Shaqtus." Big Galactus "," Wilt Chamberneezy "," The Big Baryshnikov "," The Real Deal "," The Big Shamrock "," The Big Leprechaun "," Shaqovic ", and" The Great Conductor ". Although O'Neal was a favorite interviewer with the press, he was sensitive and often went for weeks, not to mention. When he did not want to speak to the press, he used an interview method that would allow him to sit in front of his office and mourn in his low voice.

  • During the 2000 Screen Actors Guild strike, O’Neal appeared in a Disney ad. The union fined O'Neal for crossing the picket line.

  • O’Neal’s humorous and sometimes flaming comments fueled the Los Angeles Lakers ’long-running competition with the Sacramento Kings; O'Neal often called the Sacramento team "queens." During the 2002 victory parade, O'Neal declared that Sacramento would never be the capital of California, after the Lakers. beat the kings in a tough seven game series on their way to their third championship with O’Neal.

  • He also received media content about the mockery of the Chinese when he was interviewed by Yao Ming from the income center. O'Neal told a reporter: "Tell Yao Ming, Ching Chong yang, wah, ah so." O'Neal later said it was locker room humor, and he didn't mean any crimes. Yao believed O’Neal was joking, but he said many Asians don’t see humor. Yao joked, "China is hard to learn. I had a hard time when I was little." O'Neal later admitted that he apologized for his treatment of Yao early in his career.

  • In the 2005 NBA playoffs, O’Neal compared his poor game to Erick Dampier, [162] the Dallas Mavericks center, who hadn’t scored a single point in one of his most recent games. Quip inspired countless references and advertisers ’references in their playoffs, even though Dampier himself offered little response to the offense. The two will meet in the 2006 NBA Finals. O’Neal was very loud with the media, often making episodes with Laker’s former teammate Kobe Bryant.


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