Shaquille O'Neal

American basketball player (born 1972)

Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American retired professional basketball player. He had a 19 year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He is often considered one of the most well-known players in the history of the NBA.[2][3] He stands at 216 cm (7 ft 1 in) and weighs 147 kg (324 lb), making him one of the heaviest players to ever play in the NBA. He has recently gotten his jersey retired by the Orlando Magic, making him one of the only players to have 3 jerseys retired.

Shaquille O'Neal
O'Neal with the Miami Heat
Personal information
Born (1972-03-06) March 6, 1972 (age 52)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Listed height216 cm (7 ft 1 in)[1]
Listed weight147 kg (324 lb)[1]
Career information
High school
CollegeLSU (1989–1992)
NBA draft1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career1992–2011
Number32, 34, 33, 36
Career history
19921996Orlando Magic
19962004Los Angeles Lakers
20042008Miami Heat
20082009Phoenix Suns
2009–2010Cleveland Cavaliers
2010–2011Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points28,596 (23.7 ppg)
Rebounds13,099 (10.9 rpg)
Blocks2,732 (2.3 bpg)
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2014
Men's basketball
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team competition
FIBA World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1994 Toronto Team competition

Basketball career

Shaquille O'Neal with the Phoenix Suns

Before playing in the NBA, O'Neal played college basketball at Louisiana State University. Throughout his 18 year career, O'Neal has used his size and strength to help him play well. O'Neal won a scoring title, an MVP and three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers; he later won a championship with the Miami Heat. He first played for the Orlando Magic and later for the Phoenix Suns. O'Neal won a gold medal with the 1996 Dream Team. O'Neal is currently the oldest player in the NBA and is the only one of the 50 Greatest NBA players, as chosen in 1996, to still be playing in the NBA. He has scored the most points of anyone still in the NBA, and the fifth-most of any NBA player ever. He also one of the best shooters in the history of the NBA, and has led the league in that category ten times.[4] He has been named All-NBA and an All-Star quite a few times. He retired from the NBA on June 1, 2011 and held a press conference on June 3, 2011 to officially announce his retirement. After Shaq's college career he had 1 child.

Music, TV and movie career


O'Neal has appeared in several films and music videos, often as himself. As an actor, O'Neal starred in movies such as Blue Chips and Kazaam.

As a rapper, he released five studio albums and 1 compilation album. His first album, Shaq Diesel, was released in 1993. It received platinum certification from the RIAA. He rapped on the song "2 Bad" on Michael Jackson's album HIStory. He later performed three songs on the Kazaam soundtrack. O'Neal also rapped on Aaron Carter's 2001 hit single "That's How I Beat Shaq".

He has hosted two TV shows, one where he helps kids lose weight and another where he competes against athletes from other sports. He made a fine career in Los Angeles teaming with Kobe Bryant.

Personal life


O'Neal is a Muslim.[5]


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  2. "Shaquille O'Neal". NBA.
  3. " - Who's The Man?".
  4. [https:/ "Shaquille O'Neal Stats"]. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  5. Brown, Tim (January 11, 2003). "O'Neal Issues Apology" – via LA Times.

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