shaquille o’neal

Posted: June 4, 2010 in Uncategorized
O’Neal during his tenure with the Lakers
No. 33      Cleveland Cavaliers
Personal information
Date of birth March 6, 1972 (age 38)
Place of birth Newark, New Jersey
Nationality American
High school Robert G. Cole (San Antonio, Texas)
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
College LSUUniversity of Phoenix, MBA ’05
NBA Draft 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 1992–present
League NBA
Career history
Career highlights and awards


Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal (pronounced /ʃəˈkiːl/; born March 6, 1972), nicknamed “Shaq” (/ˈʃæk/), is an American professional basketball player, rapper, actor, reserve police officer and a U.S. Deputy Marshal.[1] He is widely perceived as one of the most dominant players in the history of the NBA.[2][3] Standing at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) and weighing 325 pounds (147 kg), he is one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA. Throughout his 17 year career, O’Neal has used his size and strength to overpower opponents for points andrebounds.[citation needed] With the retirement of Lindsey Hunter on March 5, 2010, O’Neal is currently the oldest active player in the NBA.

Following a standout career at Louisiana State University, O’Neal was drafted by theOrlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He quickly became one of the top centers in the league, winning Rookie of the year in 1992-93 and later leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals. After 4 years with the Magic, O’Neal signed as a free agentwith the Los Angeles Lakers. He won three consecutive championships, playing alongsideKobe Bryant, in 20002001, and 2002. However O’Neal’s relationship with Bryant eventually declined into a feud, leading to his trade to the Miami Heat in 2004. He won his fourth NBA championship in 2006, but was traded midway through the season just a year and a half later to the Phoenix Suns. After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O’Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played alongside LeBron James in the 2009–10 season.[4]

O’Neal’s individual accolades include the 1999-00 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, 3 All-Star Game MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, 2scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and 3 NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVPAll-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000) the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan two times in 1996 and 1998. He currently ranks 5th all-time in points scored, 6th in field goals,14th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks.[5]

In addition to his basketball career, O’Neal has released 4 rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He has also appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality showsShaq’s Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.


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