Shaquille Rashaun “Shaq” O’Neal was born March 6, 1972. He is an American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT. He is considered one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. O’Neal played for six teams over his 19-year career. Check out below things you didn’t know about Him.
- He’s got the Body for the Game.
Shaq grew at an alarming rate. At one point, his mother physically fought a bus driver who didn’t believe her son was under the age of five and therefore couldn’t ride for free. She later kept his birth certificate with her. At 7 ft. 1 in (2.16 m) tall and 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever.
- He is a Musician.
In addition to his basketball career, O’Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. O’Neal is also an electronic music producer, and touring DJ, known as ‘Diesel’. He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq’s Big Challenge. He hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq. He is also the general manager of Kings Guard Gaming of the NBA 2K League.
- His Father was a Drug Addict.
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. Toney struggled with drug addiction and was imprisoned for drug possession when O’Neal was an infant. Upon his release, he did not resume a place in O’Neal’s life and instead agreed to relinquish his parental rights to O’Neal’s Jamaican stepfather, Phillip A. Harrison, a career Army sergeant. 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. On his 1994 rap album, Shaq Fu: The Return, O’Neal voiced his feelings of disdain for Toney in the song “Biological Didn’t Bother”, dismissing him with the line “Phil is my father.” However, O’Neal’s feelings toward Toney mellowed in the years following Harrison’s death in 2013, and the two met for the first time in March 2016, with O’Neal telling him, “I don’t hate you. I had a good life. I had Phil.”
- He has also had a Career in Acting and Video games
Starting with ‘Blue Chips’ and ‘Kazaam’, O’Neal appeared in films that were panned by some critics. O’Neal is one of the first African Americans to portray a major comic book superhero in a motion picture, having starred as a character called ‘John Henry Irons, the protagonist’ in the 1997 film; ‘Steel’. O’Neal appeared as himself on an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, and in two episodes each of ‘My Wife and Kids’ and ‘The Parkers’ among many more films. He voiced animated versions of himself on several occasions and was featured on the covers of video games.
- Television Appearance and Advertising.
O’Neal and his mother, Lucille Harrison, were featured in the documentary film Apple Pie, which aired on ESPN. O’Neal had a 2005 reality series on ESPN, he hosted a series called Shaq’s Big Challenge on ABC. O’Neal starred in a reality show called Shaq Vs. on ABC. The show featured O’Neal competing against other athletes at their own sports. O’Neal has made numerous appearances in television commercials, including several Pepsi commercials
- Mixed Martial Arts and Wrestling.
O’Neal began training in mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2000 and as a lifelong professional wrestling fan, O’Neal has made numerous appearances at televised events over the years for three different promotions. In 1994, O’Neal made several appearances in World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
- Business Ventures.
O’Neal is also an active businessman and investor. He wade into stocks and has made investments in various companies such as General Electric, Apple, and PepsiCo. He has also been an active real estate entrepreneur. He is on the advisory board for Tout Industries, a social video service startup company based in San Francisco. He has also 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 little as $100 and also allows investors to regularly buy small amounts of shares in already public companies.
- Family Life and Religion.
O’Neal was raised by a Baptist mother and a Muslim stepfather. However, O’Neal does not lean towards a specific religion. He said, “I’m Muslim, I’m Jewish, I’m Buddhist, I’m everybody ’cause I’m a people person. He is married to Shaunie Nelson and the couple have four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah. Nelson also has one son from a previous relationship, Myles. In 2007, O’Neal filed for divorce from Shaunie in a Miami-Dade Circuit court. Shaunie later said that the couple had gotten back together and that the divorce was withdrawn. However, in 2009, Shaunie filed an intent to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
- He Missed Half Of His Free Throws.
O’Neal only made 52.7 percent of his regular season attempts at free throws. This is in stark contrast to his amazing ability to underhandedly make a shot from underneath the rim. 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, 33.
- He was also a Star in Class.
Shaq was good in studies during his college days. He was good in the classroom and had the highest grade point average on his freshman year team. Shaq left college early to play in the NBA, but this was not going to stop him from completing his studies. He put in the required work to earn his Bachelor’s degree. Also, he earned a doctoral degree towards the end of his playing career. These things show how dedicated Shaq was and his NBA career is also a proof of it.
- He had the biggest feud with Kobe Bryant.
Shaq and Kobe feud has a full feud Wikipedia page on it. According to sources, Kobe and Shaq had personal differences and a lot of arguments related to their roles in the team. They both even got into physical altercations during practices. The end result of this feud was Shaq getting traded to Miami and Kobe was retained by the Lakers. The two parched things up and are considered one of the best duos in league history, Shaq broke down in tears during his speech at Kobe’s memorial ceremony. Here are 11 things you didn’t know about the Legend Kobe Bryant
- He Broke an NBA Contract Record.
When O’Neal signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, he signed a seven-year contract for $121 million. This broke the previous record for the NBA’s biggest contract.
- He Blew Through That $1 Million in Two Days.
Shaq said it took him a day or two to blow through that $1 million deal. He paid off $150,000 worth of debts that his parents had held and then purchased three Mercedes-Benz cars one for him, one for his mother and one for his step father for a total of $400,000. Then he went out to “do what all the homeboys do, gotta buy rings and diamonds and earrings and this and that,” he told Business Insider. By the time he was all done, he was $50,000 to $60,000 in debt. In his autobiography, published in 2011, he claims the bank told him he owed $90,000.
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