Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, also known as Shaquille O’Neal, Shaq, The Big Aristotle, Superman, or The Big Diesel is one of the greatest NBA players of all time, as well as quite the successful entrepreneur and business mogul.
Shaq found instant success in the NBA and is widely considered one of the most dominant centers in basketball history. His larger-than-life persona also helped him find plenty of success in the entertainment industry, donning multiple endorsements and being a familiar face in ads, commercials, and even movies.
A four-time NBA champion, Shaq also pursued a career in Hip-Hop and continues to work as a DJ in private parties and major events. He was active in the NBA from 1992 to 2011, playing for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics.
O’Neil was raised by his mother Lucille O'Neal and his stepfather, Phillip Arthur Harrison, after his biological father Joe Toney was imprisoned and then gave up his parental rights. He was an athletic standout since an early year, dominating in basketball and drawing comparisons to legendary big man Karem Abdul-Jabbar.
He got an athletic scholarship from Louisiana State University, dominating his opposition on both ends of the floor. He was later taken first-overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, where he’d stay until 1996 when he left for the Lakers.
Infamously known for being a poor free-throw shooter, opposing coaches thought that the only way of beating Shaq was taking him out of the game. They developed the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ strategy, consisting of committing intentional fouls to get him to the free-throw line and then regain possession of the ball.
Shaq was physically dominant but also quite gifted and skilled. He was an underrated passer and playmaker, had elite footwork, and a high basketball IQ. He thrived next to Kobe Bryant en route to three NBA championships and Finals MVP awards. His relationship became estranged and he was traded to the Miami Heat, where he won another ring.
O’Neal later bounced around the league and struggled with injuries in the later stages of his career. Still, he’s considered one of the best players in basketball history and has become a stalwart in pop culture.
• 4 NBA titles
• 3 NBA Finals MVP awards
• 1 MVP
• Rookie of the Year
• NBA All-Rookie First Team
• 2 NBA Scoring Titles
• NBA 50th Anniversary Team
• NBA 75th Anniversary Team
• 15 NBA All-Star appearances
• 3 NBA All-Star MVPs
• 8 All-NBA First Teams
• 2 All-NBA Second Teams
• 4 All-NBA Third Teams
• 3 All-Defensive Second Teams
• Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
• 2 IBM Awards
• AP Player of the Year
• UPI Player of the Year
• 2-time Consensus First-Team All-American
• 2-time SEC Player of the Year
• NCAA Leader in Blocks
• NCAA Leader in Rebounds
• McDonald’s All-American MVP
• First-Team Parade All-American
• USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
• 1 FIBA World Cup Gold Medal
• FIBA World Cup MVP
• 1 Olympic Gold Medal
Points 28,596 (23.7 PPG)
Rebounds 13,099 (10.9 RPG)
Assists 3,026 (2.5 APG)
Blocks 2,732 (2.3 BPG)
Shaq has partaken in multiple business venues and has an estimated net worth of $400 million, according to Wealthy Gorilla. He signed a big contract extension with Turner Sports to continue serving as an analyst, although the details of the deal were undisclosed.
O’Neal made $292,198,327 (before taxes) from his playing days in the NBA alone, and he’s been quite active in the stocks investment and real estate markets since the early 1990s, developing multiple projects and complexes.
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Shaq is a well-known philanthropist. He’s made the rounds multiple times for helping out struggling families when he runs into them in department stores. Also, assisted dozens of Orlando home owners facing foreclosure by buying their homes and then selling them back to them under long-term payment plans. According to Look to the Stars, he’s also supported multiple causes and charities, such as:
• Be The Match
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America
• Centre ValBio
• Communities in Schools
• Free The Children
• Kids Wish Network
• PeyBack Foundation
• Phoenix House
• Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Even non-basketball fans are quite familiar with Shaquille O’Neal. He rose to prominence in the early 90s and has been a familiar face in the little and big screen for decades now, starring in multiple Hollywood flicks, such as Kazaam and Blue Chips.
The Big Diesel has also starred or been featured in Steel, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Parkers, My Wife and Kids, Freddy Got Fingered, CB4, Jack and Jill, Grown Ups 2, and Scary Movie 4, as well as multiple music videos with P. Diddy, Maroon 5, Aaron Carter, and Owl City.
Shaq also has multiple videogames: Shaq Fu, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, and has been featured as an unlockable character in Backyard Basketball, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, and UFC Undisputed 2010.
Also, he had multiple TV shows over the years: Shaquille, Shaq's Big Challenge, Shaq vs., Upload with Shaquille O'Neal, and has served as an NBA analyst for Turner Sports alongside Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson since 2011.
Shaquille O’Neal is quite active on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. You can also reach out to him through his official website http://www.shaq.com/ or send him a letter to 332 W 29TH STREET NEW YORK, NY.
Age: 50 (Born March 6, 1972)
Marital Status: Divorced
Former Spouse: Shauine Nelson
Kids: Shareef, Amira, Me'arah, Shaqir
Height: 7 ft 1 in (216 cm)
Weight: 147 kg
Wingspan: 2.31 m
Shoe size: 23
Endorsements: Soda Shaq, Vitamin Water, Oreo, Reebok, Papa Johns’s, Pepsi, Burger King, Kraft Foods, Comcast, Radio Shack, Epson, Taco Bell, Nestlé Crunch, Gold Bond Buick, The General, Hulu, IcyHot, among others.