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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL (Big Fella) nicknamed "Shaq", is a retired American professional basketball player, rapper, actor, businessman, reserve police officer, doctorate recipient and TNT NBA Analyst. He is widely perceived as one of the most dominant players in the history of the NBA. Standing 7'1", he is one of the largest players to ever play in the NBA. Throughout his 19 year career, O'Neal has used his size, strength and skill to overpower opponents.

Shaq was first drafted into the NBA by the Orlando Magic in 1992. As one of the best centers in the history of the league, he also played for the Lakers, Heat, Suns, Cavaliers, and Celtics during his professional career. Throughout his career, he amassed a long list of awards and titles. In 2000, he became one of only three players to win the NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP, and Finals MVP awards all in the same year.

Other individual accolades include the 1999-00 MVP award, the 1992-93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVPs, three Finals MVPs, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He currently ranks fifth all-time in points scored, sixth in field goals, 15th in rebounds and seventh in blocks.

In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, "Shaq Diesel," going platinum. He has also appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, ''Shaq's Big Challenge and "Shaq Vs."

After his retirement, O'Neal was hired by Turner to serve as an NBA analyst on their five-time Emmy-winning show, "Inside the NBA," joining the cast of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. O'Neal also has a development deal with Turner to star or executive produce various shows across their family of networks. He starred in the show "Upload with Shaquille O'Neal", which aired on TruTv, and also served as the two-time, 2012 and 2013, host of the Hall of Game Awards, airing on Cartoon Network.

O'Neal's latest venture is a partial ownership in the Sacramento Kings. O'Neal joined the ownership group of Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov and the deal was announced on Sept. 23, 2013. O'Neal has served as a partner/endorser/spokesperson for several companies over the past 22 years. He currently has partnerships with American Express, The General Insurance, IcyHot, Krispy Kreme, Peerless Suits, Gold Bond, Zales, Reebok, Ring, and NBA 2K. Past partners include companies such as EA Sports, Oreo, Dove, Comcast, Kraft, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch China, Vitamin Water, Burger King, Verizon, Microsoft, Arizona Iced Tea, Monster Headphones, and Buick.

O'Neal has also been a first-mover on the technology front and has one of the most robust social media followings of any athlete in the world. He was an early adopter of Twitter and was also the first verified account. O'Neal currently has over 14.6 million followers on Twitter, over 6 million likes on Facebook, and 6 million followers on Instagram.

O'Neal has appeared as himself on an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and in two episodes each of "My Wife and Kids" and the "The Parkers." O'Neal appeared in the 311 music video for the hit single "You Wouldn't Believe" in 2001, in P. Diddy's video for "Bad Boys 4 Life," and the video for Aaron Carter's "That's How I Beat Shaq. O'Neal appeared in the movie CB4, played the title superhero in Steel and starred in Blue Chips with Nick Nolte.

He has voiced animated versions of himself on several occasions, including on the Static Shaq episode of "Static Shock;" in the "Johnny Bravo" episode Back on Shaq, in the "Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny," as well as in The Smurfs 2 and The Lego Movie. He has also made appearances on the TV series' "Highston," and "Fresh Off the Boat" and had a role as a police officer in the Adam Sandler's 2013 blockbuster, Grown Ups 2. O'Neal and his mother Lucille Harrison were featured in the documentary Apple Pie, which aired on ESPN. O'Neal also had a 2005 reality series on ESPN, "Shaquille," and hosted a reality television show called ''Shaq's Big Challenge on ABC appearing with Tyler Florence and Carlon Colker among others. Other credits include "NBA Ballers" and "NBA Ballers: Phenom," "Motorcycle Mania 2" an episode of "Fear Factor," and an episode of MTV's "Jackass."

O'Neal is featured on the covers of video games NBA Live 96, NBA 2K6, NBA 2K7, NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC, NBA Hoopz, NBA Inside Drive 2004, and most recently, NBA 2K18 Legend Edition. O'Neal appeared in the arcade version of NBA Jam, NBA Jam (2003) and NBA Live 2004 as a current player and as a 90's All-Star. O'Neal starred in Shaq Fu, a fighting game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. O'Neal has also appeared in Backyard Basketball 2004, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 as a playable boxer, and as an unlockable character in Delta Force: Black Hawk Down.

O'Neal is a fan of wrestling and has made appearances at many WWE events. O'Neal also starred in a reality show called "Shaq Vs." which premiered on August 18, 2009 on ABC. The show featured O'Neal competing against other athletes at their own sports. On the July 27 episode of "WWE Raw," O'Neal was the special guest host and put himself as the special ringside enforcer in a match involving Cryme Tyme and the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and The Big Show.

O'Neal first teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America when he was drafted in 1992, and he has put on several long- standing events in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs including Shaq-A-Claus, Shaqs-giving and Toys for Tots.


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