Hong-man also responded to a question asking if O'Neal had a chance of winning with a simple "No. [244], In April 2016, O'Neal participated in his first-ever match, when he was a surprise celebrity entry in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32. The 2002–03 season began with the three-time defending champions getting off to one of their worst starts. The show features various celebrities attending a selected high school as students for three days. Never once had to double or ask for a double. He's always interested in being a scorer, but he hasn't had nearly enough concentration on defense and rebounding. The two led the Lakers to back-to-back championships from 2000 to 2003. Shaunie later said that the couple had gotten back together and that the divorce was withdrawn. [87], O'Neal preferred his new situation with the Suns over the Heat. [278] Both Robin Wright in her book Rock the Casbah as well as the Los Angeles Times have identified O'Neal as a Muslim. O'Neal: LSU Hall of Fame. O'Neal is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players and centers of all time. He did not want to rush a decision with his career potentially at risk. O'Neal established himself as an overpowering low post presence, putting up career averages of 23.7 points on .582 field goal accuracy, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. 1996-2004 Signed during the summer of 1996, Shaquille O’Neal spent eight fulfilling seasons with the Lakers. During the last Lakers’ championship run, in which L.A. swept New Jersey, O’Neal averaged 36.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, four assists and three blocks, again winning the NBA Finals MVP award. In addition, O'Neal was plagued by fouls, and during one stretch fouled out of five consecutive games. "[66], On July 14, 2004, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, and a future first-round draft choice (who would turn into Jordan Farmar in the 2006 draft). [78] Critics doubted that O'Neal, now in his mid-30s, could carry the team into the playoffs. O'Neal was quoted as saying that he accepted the advice of NBA legend Bill Russell to make peace with Bryant. I'll have a hell of a season if I win the championship and average 20 points a game. He quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals. [272], In September 2013, O'Neal became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings. [303], "Shaquille" and "Shaq" redirect here. "[162] O'Neal later admitted that he regretted how he treated Yao early in his career. [106] On August 4, 2010, the Celtics announced that they had signed O'Neal. [252] Big Show later stated it was scheduling issues on O'Neal's part that caused the cancellation. O'Neal played well in his first Finals appearance, averaging 28 points on 59.5% shooting, 12.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. They traded away highly regarded big man Vlade Divac for a … [229] The show featured O'Neal competing against other athletes at their own sports. In the NBA Finals, O’Neal guided L.A. past Indiana in six games. [193] O'Neal's actions resulted in the arrest of two suspects on charges of aggravated battery, assault, and a hate crime. While rapping, O'Neal blamed Bryant for his divorce from his wife Shaunie and claims to have received a vasectomy, as part of a rhyme. Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (/ʃəˈkiːl/ shə-KEEL; /ʃæk/ SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. [201] His 1993 debut album, Shaq Diesel, received platinum certification from the RIAA. O'Neal also won the scoring title while finishing second in rebounds and third in blocked shots. When the Lakers faced the Heat on January 16, 2006, O'Neal and Bryant made headlines by engaging in handshakes and hugs before the game, an event that was believed to signify the end of the so-called "Bryant–O'Neal feud" that had festered since the center left Los Angeles. [256][257][258] He appeared on the December 9 episode of AEW Dynamite and addressed AEW in a sit-down interview with Tony Schiavone and Brandi Rhodes. In O'Neal's third season, 1994–95, he led the NBA in scoring with a 29.3 point average, while finishing second in MVP voting to David Robinson and entering his third straight All-Star Game along with Hardaway. Signed during the summer of 1996, Shaquille O’Neal spent eight fulfilling seasons with the Lakers. He was named as a member of the All-NBA Third Team. O'Neal was a capable defender, named three times to the All-NBA Second Defensive Team. [49], O'Neal was also voted the 1999–2000 regular season Most Valuable Player, one vote short of becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. [13], O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey, to Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney, who played high school basketball (he was an All-State guard) and was offered a basketball scholarship to play at Seton Hall. O'Neal left LSU early to pursue his NBA career, but continued his education even after becoming a professional player. [21] O'Neal's tendency to make hook shots earned comparisons to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, inspiring him to wear the same jersey number as Abdul-Jabbar, No. The following year — 2000-01 — the Lakers swept Portland, Sacramento and San Antonio, compiling an 11-0 record before facing the Philadelphia 76ers in the Finals. Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006. For other uses, see, barrystickets.com (2007). 33. [300] On January 11, 2014, O'Neal performed the ceremonial first puck and drove a Zamboni for a game between the Devils and the Florida Panthers. [279][280][281] However, O'Neal has said, "I'm Muslim, I'm Jewish, I'm Buddhist, I'm everybody 'cause I'm a people person. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, who had coached O'Neal with the Heat, was "very disappointed cause [O'Neal] knows what it's like. [1] O’Neal was a 7-foot-1-inch (2.16 m) and 325-pound (147 kg) center who played for six teams over his 19-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is a four-time NBA champion. [191], O'Neal maintained a high level of interest in the workings of police departments and became personally involved in law enforcement. "[18] Because of his stepfather's career in the military, the family left Newark, moving to military bases in Germany and Texas. O'Neal made comments indicating that he felt the team's decisions were centered on a desire to appease Bryant to the exclusion of all other concerns, and O'Neal promptly demanded a trade. The Lakers finished the season 61–21, first in the Pacific Division, and were the second seed in the western conference during the 1998 NBA Playoffs. Beginning in 1993, O'Neal began to compose rap music. Kupchak wanted the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki in return but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban refused to let his 7-footer go. That's why I'm telling you first. So now insert the Los Angeles Lakers. On June 3, 2011, O'Neal held a press conference at his home in Orlando to officially announce his retirement.[127]. "[38] O'Neal also learned that Hardaway considered himself the leader of the Magic and did not want O'Neal making more money than him. [245] O'Neal eliminated Damien Sandow, and had another confrontation with Big Show before being eliminated himself by most of the other wrestlers. "I love playing for this coach and I love playing with these guys", O'Neal said. degree in general studies,[179] with a minor in political science. [52] He opted against a more involved surgery to return quicker. Subsequently, O'Neal earned an online MBA degree through the University of Phoenix in 2005. [39], On the team's first full day at the Olympics in Atlanta, the media announced that O'Neal would join the Los Angeles Lakers on a seven-year, $121 million contract. O'Neal is also the global spokesperson for the company. 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O'Neal has made numerous appearances in television commercials, including several Pepsi commercials, such as one from 1995 which parodied shows like I Love Lucy (the "Job Switching" episode), Bonanza, and Woody Woodpecker; various 1990s Reebok commercials; Nestlé Crunch commercials; Gold Bond products; The General insurance commercials; and IcyHot commercials. O'Neal was named MVP of the NBA Finals all three times and had the highest scoring average for a center in NBA Finals history.[57]. After defeating the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle SuperSonics in the first two rounds, the Lakers again fell to the Jazz, this time in a 4–0 sweep.[46]. Due to his ability to dunk the basketball and score from close range, O'Neal also ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (58.2%). [177] Binion would however go on to sue O'Neal for a sum larger than $25,000. In addition, he became the spokesperson for the company as part of the three-year contract. [177], O'Neal left LSU for the NBA after three years. 14:51. [8] O'Neal again missed games due to injuries, and the Heat had a 15–game losing streak. The Orlando Magic drafted O'Neal with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. He was angered by being overlooked for the 1999 FIBA AmeriCup squad, saying it was a "lack of respect". At 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m), 330 lb (150 kg)[136] and U.S. shoe size 23,[58] he became famous for his physical stature. O'Neal only made one three-point shot during his entire career. The Lakers had hoped O'Neal would take less money due to his age, physical conditioning, and games missed due to injuries. "[93] O'Neal responded, "Flopping is playing like that your whole career. By age 16, O'Neal had grown to 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), and he began playing basketball at Robert G. Cole High School. [25], The Orlando Magic drafted O'Neal with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. In a matchup against Orlando on March 3, 2009, O'Neal was outscored by Magic center Dwight Howard, 21–19. 91.3% of the response was "no". His career three-point-shot record is 1 for 22 (a 4.5% career percentage). [105] Celtics coach Doc Rivers agreed to the signing on the condition that O'Neal would not receive preferential treatment, nor could he cause any locker room problems like in Los Angeles or Miami. [273], In June 2015, O'Neal invested in technology startup Loyale3 Holdings Inc., a San Francisco brokerage firm whose website and mobile app enables companies to sell a piece of their IPOs directly to small investors who put up as a little as $100 and also allows investors to regularly buy small amounts of shares in already public companies. [33] O'Neal had a power struggle while playing under Hill. [286], O'Neal has a daughter from a previous relationship with his ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh, Taahirah O'Neal. O'Neal reverted from (his Lakers jersey) number 34 to number 32, which he had worn while playing for the Magic. [216], O'Neal and his mother, Lucille Harrison, were featured in the documentary film Apple Pie, which aired on ESPN. It starts with c and ends with t." O'Neal meant "cheat" in reference to the alleged flopping of Kings' center Vlade Divac. #AEWonTNT", ". [132] He rejected an offer to play in the 2004 Olympics,[133] and although he was initially interested in being named for 2006–2008 US preliminary roster,[134] he eventually declined the invitation.[135]. O'Neal starred in Shaq Fu, a fighting game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. "[77] The Heat struggled during O'Neal's absence,[78] but with his return won seven of their next eight games. He would make a small profit in return, but wanted to make an investment in Orlando and help out homeowners. He hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq. [128] His national team career began in the 1994 FIBA World Championship in which he was named MVP of the Tournament. Check out Shaquille O'Neal's mixtape spanning his Hall of Fame career. They contended that O'Neal was worth more than $20 million per year, particularly given that lesser players earned almost the same amount. [292], In June 2005 when Hall of Fame center George Mikan died, O'Neal, who considered Mikan to be a major influence, extended an offer to his family to pay all of the funeral expenses, which they accepted.[293]. Big Baby [Glen Davis] breaks my hand and I had to sit out five weeks late in the year. The two would meet in the 2006 NBA Finals. [65] Winter said, "[O'Neal] left because he couldn't get what he wanted—a huge pay raise. "[145] The Lakers retired his No. After beating Reggie Miller's Indiana Pacers, the Magic reached the NBA Finals, facing the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets. [110][111] He was introduced by the Celtics on August 10, 2010, and chose the number 36. I had trouble with it when I was little. The lasting impact of the Lakers trading Shaq left aftershocks that took years to understand. O'Neal was already wary of the long-term damage his frequent consumption of these medications might have. The Pistons had no answer for Wade throughout the series, while O'Neal delivered 21 points and 12 rebounds in game 3 followed by 27 points and 12 boards in game 4 to help Miami take a 3–2 series lead. [100] James was the leader of the team, and O'Neal deferred to him. However, on November 10, 2009, Shaunie filed an intent to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. He also taunted Bryant for not being able to win a championship without him. Shaq played his first four years with the Orlando Magic and then left to join the Los Angeles Lakers, but an Orlando Sentinel reader poll wasn't the real reason for his departure. The Lakers finished with a 31–19 record during the lockout-shortened season. [165], O'Neal was very vocal with the media, often making jabs at former Laker teammate Kobe Bryant. [28] The Magic finished 41–41, winning 20 more games than the previous season, but missed the playoffs by virtue of a tie-breaker with the Indiana Pacers. With the tandem of O'Neal and teenage superstar Kobe Bryant, expectations for the Lakers increased. [92] He returned to the All-Star Game in 2009 and emerged as co-MVP along with ex-teammate Kobe Bryant. [209] O'Neal appeared as Officer Fluzoo in the comedy sequel Grown Ups 2. Again, a perfect 8–0 record landed him another gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. "[17], O'Neal came from a tall family—his biological father stood 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and his mother was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall—and by age 13 O'Neal was already 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) tall. The two argued face-to-face, with O'Neal poking Riley in the chest and Riley slapping his finger away. [123][124], On June 1, 2011, O'Neal announced his retirement via social media. O'Neal was upbeat in a post-game press conference, stating: "I will take the blame for this loss because I wasn't in tune with the guys [...] But give me four or five days to really get in tune and I'll get it. Love you. On December 8, 2005, he was sworn in, but elected for a private ceremony to avoid distracting attention from the other officers. degree in Human Resource Development in 2012. O'Neal appeared as himself on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, bedridden after Larry David's character accidentally tripped him while stretching, and in two episodes each of My Wife and Kids and The Parkers. For the 2003-04 season, the team made a concerted off-season effort to improve its roster. O'Neal made his 12th consecutive All-Star Team, made the All-NBA 1st Team, and won the Eastern Conference player of the Month award for his performance in March. O'Neal responded with an expletive toward Riley, whom he often referred to as the "great Pat Riley" while playing for the Heat. O'Neal told a reporter, "you tell Yao Ming, ching chong yang, wah, ah so. He captured the NBA’s scoring title (29.7 points), while finishing second in rebounds (13.6) and third in blocked shots (3.0). Jackson's influence resulted in a newfound commitment by O'Neal to defense, resulting in his first All-Defensive Team selection (second-team) in 2000. Aside from three NBA titles and three Finals MVP awards, O’Neal was also voted to seven All-Star Games (won two All-Star Game MVPs), five All-NBA First Team selections and one All-NBA Second Team selection, plus three All-Defensive-Team nominations while in Los Angeles. O'Neal led his team to a 68–1 record over two years and helped the team win the state championship during his senior year. I'm totally cool with Kobe. O'Neal appeared in a SportsCenter commercial dressed in his Miami police uniform, rescuing Mike the Tiger from a tree. Chicago would respond with two dominating performances at home to tie the series, but Miami would respond right back with a victory at home in game 5. I'm actually on a team again." During a preseason game, O'Neal had yelled at Lakers owner Jerry Buss, "Pay me. 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O'Neal credits the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Newark with giving him a safe place to play and keeping him off the streets. …Jackson guided the Lakers, featuring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, to the first of three consecutive titles. He averaged 26.6 points and 11 rebounds per game, made the All-NBA 3rd Team, and played in his 4th All-Star Game. Could you imagine Shaquille O’Neal on a superteam? In July 2017, O'Neal released a diss track aimed at LaVar Ball, the father of NBA point guard Lonzo Ball. His role in the offense diminished, as he attempted only 10 field goals per game, versus his career average of 17. [20] His 791 rebounds during the 1989 season remains a state record for a player in any classification. [78], In a rematch of the year before, the Heat faced the Bulls in the first round of the 2006–07 NBA playoffs. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that O'Neal was willing to be suspended for fighting Rodman, and O'Neal said: "It's one thing to talk tough and one thing to be tough. [12] He became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings in 2013 and is the general manager of Kings Guard Gaming of the NBA 2K League. Needs To Hit Shaq Much Harder", "Trading blows and barbs, big men Vlade Divac and Shaquille O'Neal have turned the Western finals into comic opera", "It looks like Shaq's reshuffling Heat house", "2002–03 Los Angeles Lakers Schedule and Results", "Shaq happy, Lakers in shock after trade", "BASKETBALL; Riley, Advocating for O'Neal, Objects to the 'Sumo' Defense", "Kobe or Shaq: Who Has Been More Important To Their Teams Over the Years? He played in 73 games, his most since 2001 season, averaged 22.9 points a game along with 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. [139], O'Neal's primary weakness was his free throw shooting, with a career average of 52.7%. At the beginning of the 2003–04 season, O'Neal wanted a contract extension with a pay raise on his remaining three years for $30 million. We're specially preparing a uniform for Shaquille O'Neal."[233][234][235]. [195], In June 2008, the Bedford County, Virginia and Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff departments revoked O'Neal special deputyship after a video surfaced of him rapping about Kobe Bryant and using racial slurs. But a 2004 … O'Neal will be visiting Korea for a promotion and will be visiting the school on the last day. 32 jersey during the 2016–17 season, making O'Neal one of just 32 athletes in American professional sports history to have their jersey retired by multiple teams. It's a shame that the referees buy into that", O'Neal said. He will have lunch with the students. Talk to you soon." He fulfilled that promise in 2000, earning his B.A. [72], On April 11, 2006, O'Neal recorded his second career triple-double against the Toronto Raptors with 15 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Long-time Laker point guard Nick Van Exel was traded to the Denver Nuggets; his former backcourt partner Eddie Jones was packaged with back-up center Elden Campbell for Glen Rice to satisfy a demand by O'Neal for a shooter. He is preceded only by Michael Jai White, whose film Spawn was released two weeks before Steel. ", "All-Time #NBArank: Shaq comes in at No. [58] He was sidelined with hallux rigidus, a degenerative arthritis in his toe. "[96], On March 6, O'Neal talked about the upcoming game against the Rockets and Yao Ming. Kobe and Shaq achieved the historic three-peat at the beginning of the 2000s decade to mark a new era in the league. In four games, he scored more than 20 points. 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Ultimately, both signed, each forgoing larger salaries in favor of a chance to win an NBA championship, which neither had accomplished in their careers (and which neither would achieve with the Lakers). The couple have four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'arah. He was unstoppable and … Lakers assistant coach Tex Winter said, "Shaq defeated himself against Detroit. Boisterously. However, personnel changes were a source of instability during the 1998–99 season. [74], In the Finals, the Heat were underdogs against the Dallas Mavericks led by Dirk Nowitzki, and the Mavericks won the first two games at home in dominating fashion. [267][268][269][270][271], O'Neal is on the advisory board for Tout Industries, a social video service startup company based in San Francisco. [161] Yao joked, "Chinese is hard to learn. O'Neal was upset that coach Lenny Wilkens played Robinson more minutes in the final game; Wilkens previously explained to O'Neal that it would probably be Robinson's last Olympics. O'Neal began training in mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2000. [103] After defeating the Chicago Bulls in the first round, the Cavaliers went on to lose to the Boston Celtics in the second round. [114] O'Neal missed games throughout the season due to an assortment of ailments to his right leg[115] including knee,[116] calf,[117] hip,[118] and Achilles injuries. [109] The Atlanta Hawks and the Dallas Mavericks also expressed interest but had stalled on O'Neal's salary demands. O'Neal called himself "The Big Aristotle" and "Hobo Master" for his composure and insights during interviews. In September 2016, O'Neal said: "When I was in Cleveland, we were in first place. On September 4, 2007, O'Neal filed for divorce from Shaunie in a Miami-Dade Circuit court. O'Neal was featured alongside Michael Jackson as a guest rapper on "2 Bad", a song from Jackson's 1995 album HIStory. [10], In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. Shaq's demands held the franchise hostage, and the way he went about it didn't please the owner too much. During the game, O'Neal flopped against Howard. [294] O'Neal became a Freemason in 2011, becoming a member of Widow's Son Lodge No. O'Neal was sidelined with hallux rigidus, a degenerative arthritic condition in his toe. There was no way ownership could give him what he wanted. Both drafted by the Orlando Magic , both joined the Lakers in their primes, both feuded with Kobe Bryant. [192], Upon his trade to Miami, O'Neal began training to become a Miami Beach reserve officer. They sought the free-agent services of forward Karl Malone and aging guard Gary Payton, but due to salary cap restrictions, could not offer either one nearly as much money as they could have made with some other teams. [2][3][4][5], After playing college basketball for the LSU Tigers, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. [6] O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before retiring. While he led the Dream Team II to the gold medal with an 8–0 record, O'Neal averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds and recorded two double-doubles. He was … During Kareem’s championship runs with the Lakers, his usage rating average was around 25%. Halloween Special", 2 Episodes as guest, Guest Host October 30, 2017, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 13 May 2021, at 19:44. "I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok," he added, referring to a couple of his product endorsements. 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