SHAQUILLE O'NEAL (Big Fella) nicknamed "Shaq", is a retired American
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
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
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,
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
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
appeared in the arcade version of NBA Jam, NBA Jam (2003) and NBA Live 2004 as a
and as a 90's All-Star. O'Neal starred in Shaq Fu, a fighting game for the Super
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
Shaqs-giving and Toys for Tots.
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