[79] According to O'Neal, Riley thought he was faking the injury. I was upset. [51] He was ready for the start of the 2001–02 regular season, but the toe frequently bothered him. O'Neal was quoted as saying that he accepted the advice of NBA legend Bill Russell to make peace with Bryant. [272] Both Robin Wright in her book Rock the Casbah as well as the Los Angeles Times have identified O'Neal as a Muslim. In January 2012, Shaq got the honor to be included in the list of 35 Greatest McDonald’s All-Americans. 1" review, "Shaq finally gets revenge on Aaron Carter", "https://pagesix.com/2019/03/06/shaq-is-back-and-turning-the-tables-on-his-music-career/", "Shaq's Fun House: A Super-Size Super Bowl Party With Long-Term Ambitions", "Shaq Stays as Cover Athlete for NBA 2K7", "Midway Games Signs Shaquille O'Neal for NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC", "Shaquille O'Neal funding Shaq Fu sequel on Indiegogo for $450K", "Shaquille O'Neal Is a Playable Fighter in UFC Undisputed 2010", "American Idol's Ryan Seacrest Gives Back to Idol Gives Back". He released five studio albums and 1 compilation album. "[64], 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). [42] In his first playoff game for the Lakers, O'Neal scored 46 points against the Portland Trail Blazers, the most for the Lakers in a playoff game since Jerry West had 53 in 1969. [136] He led the NBA in field goal percentage 10 times, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record of nine. O'Neal was injured for a great deal of the 1995–96 season, missing 28 games. In September 2015 whilst promoting sportswear giant Reebok in South Korea, O'Neal joined the cast in the South Korean variety television show Off to School where he went to Seo Incheon High School. It probably was a flop, but flopping is the wrong use of words. Signature shoe deals have been a part of the NBA league since the 1970s. [269], In late 2016 O'Neal purchased the Krispy Kreme location at 295 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta. With the tandem of O'Neal and teenage superstar Kobe Bryant, expectations for the Lakers increased. Lakers assistant coach Tex Winter said, "Shaq defeated himself against Detroit. He played college basketball at Louisiana State University under the direction of coach Dale Brown. Upon hearing Bryant comment that he had more rings than O'Neal, Wyc Grousbeck, principal owner of the Celtics, saw an opportunity to acquire O'Neal. 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. [25] During his rookie season, O'Neal averaged 23.4 points on 56.2% shooting, 13.9 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game for the season. O'Neal was looking to expand his business ventures with real-estate development projects aimed at assisting Orlando home owners facing foreclosure. There are some 450 NBA players — 30 teams times 15 players (only 13 are active for any game). As part of the show, O'Neal got into a physical altercation with seven-foot tall wrestler Big Show. But when I play him (on defense), it's just going to be me down there. "[92] Mark Madsen, a Lakers teammate of O'Neal's for three years, found it amusing since "everyone in the league tries to flop on Shaq and Shaq never flops back. Shaquille O'Neal", "Knicks take advantage of Shaq-less heat with blowout", "Shaq, Wade return in Heat's OT loss to Pacers", "Scouting breakdown: Can Shaq carry the Heat? The Lakers finished with a 31–19 record during the lockout-shortened season. Upon O'Neal's return, Van Gundy resigned, citing family reasons, and Pat Riley assumed head coach responsibilities. O’Neal has also released four rap albums, and has starred in numerous films and TV shows.As of 2019, Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth is roughly $400 million. The 2008–09 season improved for O'Neal, who averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks through the first half (41 games) of the season, leading the Suns to a 23–18 record and 2nd place in their division. He hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq. [117] The Celtics traded away center Kendrick Perkins in February partially due to the expectation that O'Neal would return to fill Perkins' role. [57] The Lakers started the season with a record of 11–19. 'Cause I knew I did something wrong. 32 before college. 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. On February 27, 2009, O'Neal scored 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his 49th career 40-point game, beating the Toronto Raptors 133–113. Shaquille O’Neal 2021: Bio, Net Worth, and Endorsements Shaquille O’Neal is a former NBA player, born on March 6, 1972, in New Jersey. [6], O'Neal experienced a rough start for the 2007–08 season, averaging career lows in points, rebounds, and blocks. The Bulls swept the Heat, the first time in 50 years a defending NBA champion was swept in the opening round. [137], O'Neal's primary weakness was his free throw shooting, with a career average of 52.7%. "[95], The 2009 NBA Playoffs was also the first time since O'Neal's rookie season in 1992–93 that he did not participate in the playoffs. [242] O'Neal eliminated Damien Sandow, and had another confrontation with Big Show before being eliminated himself by most of the other wrestlers. 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. In reference to his completion of his MBA degree, he stated: "It's just something to have on my resume for when I go back into reality. The Heat struggled against the Bulls and although O'Neal put up reasonable numbers, he was not able to dominate the series. Shaq is wearing size 22 shoes. [87] O'Neal credited the Suns training staff with prolonging his career. O'Neal was featured alongside Michael Jackson as a guest rapper on "2 Bad", a song from Jackson's 1995 album HIStory. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star Game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998. 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. However, on November 10, 2009, Shaunie filed an intent to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. He was the first pick of the 1992 NBA draft, chosen for Orlando Magic on the back of his impressive performances at the Louisiana State University. [77] The Heat went on a winning streak that kept them in the race for a playoff spot, which they finally secured against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 5. O'Neal assisted in the recruitment efforts and personally persuaded both men to join the squad. Shaquille O'Neal has parted ways with his mega-mansion in Orlando, Florida, for a stunning $16.5 million. [9] He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.. "[167] Although even other exponents of hip hop, such as Snoop Dogg, Nas and Cory Gunz, agreed with O'Neal,[168] Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio expressed his intention to relieve O'Neal of his Maricopa County sheriff posse badge, due to "use of a racially derogatory word and other foul language". O'Neal starred in Shaq Fu, a fighting game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. [277], In 2015, Shareef was seen in high school basketball highlights as a 6-foot-7-inch (2.01 m) freshman power forward, and had been described to have "polar opposite playing style to his father" due to his more athletic build and better shooting range. He also taunted Bryant for not being able to win a championship without him. [121][122], On June 1, 2011, O'Neal announced his retirement via social media. 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? [278][279] Shareef, later rated as a top-30 prospect in the recruiting class of 2018, had committed to play college basketball at the University of Arizona, but rescinded the commitment in February 2018 after Arizona head coach Sean Miller was linked to potential major violations of NCAA recruiting rules. In August 2005, O'Neal signed a 5-year-extension with the Heat for $100 million. [268] He has also appeared in television commercials promoting the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league ELeague. Some believe Shaq's enormous hands were the reason he couldn't shoot a free throw. [72], In the 2006–07 season, O'Neal missed 35 games after an injury to his left knee in November required surgery. Midway through the 2007–2008 season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. Since his father Toney got arrested due to drug possession when Shaquille was still an infant, he relinquished his parental rights to O’Neal’s stepfather, Phillip A Harrison, who was a … [128] He forwent an opportunity to participate in the 2000 Olympics, explaining that two gold medals were enough. Teamed with newly drafted Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, the Magic finished with a record of 50–32 and made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Despite his weight, Shaq still had an above-average basketball career that spanned nearly two decades – his many awards are proof of that, not to mention his net worth of $400 million. He ranks 8th all time in points scored, 6th in field goals, 15th in rebounds, and 8th in blocks. [288] O'Neal became a Freemason in 2011, becoming a member of Widow's Son Lodge No. [281], In summer 2010, O'Neal began dating reality TV star Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander. Shaquille O’Neal was a member of the renowned NBA team 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers who played at the Center or Power Forward position.. Shaquille O’Neal on NBA 2K21. The Heat led by Wade and a balanced effort by O'Neal, Antoine Walker and Jason Williams would go on to win all three of the next games at home, before closing out the series in Dallas to deliver the first NBA title for the franchise and O'Neal's fourth title. 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. Supporters applauded O'Neal's willingness to take what amounted to a pay cut and the Heat's decision to secure O'Neal's services for the long term. In 1999, prior to the 1999–2000 season, the Lakers hired Phil Jackson as head coach, and the team's fortunes soon changed. The greatest No. His role in the offense diminished, as he attempted only 10 field goals per game, versus his career average of 17. At 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m), 330 lb (150 kg)[134] and U.S. shoe size 23,[56] he became famous for his physical stature. O'Neal called himself "The Big Aristotle" and "Hobo Master" for his composure and insights during interviews. O’Neal purchased a small share in the basketball team Sacramento Kings in September 2013. "[68] Many critics stated that Heat coach Riley correctly managed O'Neal during the rest of the season, limiting his minutes to a career low. [280], O'Neal has a daughter from a previous relationship with his ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh, Taahirah O'Neal. [12][13][14] O'Neal remained estranged from his biological father for decades; O'Neal had not spoken with Toney or expressed an interest in establishing a relationship. Shaquille O'Neal. 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