[191], O'Neal maintained a high level of interest in the workings of police departments and became personally involved in law enforcement. [26] O'Neal wore number 32 because Terry Catledge refused to relinquish the 33 jersey. [266], In conjunction with Boraie Development, O'Neal has developed projects in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey including, CityPlex12 and One Riverview. [8] O'Neal was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. On February 26, 2016, the Miami Heat announced that it would retire O'Neal's No. "[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). [128] His national team career began in the 1994 FIBA World Championship in which he was named MVP of the Tournament. He fulfilled that promise in 2000, earning his B.A. 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. [165], O'Neal was very vocal with the media, often making jabs at former Laker teammate Kobe Bryant. 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. O'Neal is also the global spokesperson for the company. He hosted the show Upload with Shaquille O'Neal which aired on TruTV for one season. [40][41] He insisted he did not choose Los Angeles for the money. 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. [196][197], In December 2016, O'Neal was sworn in as a sheriff's deputy in Jonesboro, Georgia as part of Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff's Department. "[113] Publicly, he insisted he did not care whether he started or substituted for the Celtics, but expected to be part of the second unit. The Bulls swept the Heat, the first time in 50 years a defending NBA champion was swept in the opening round. The struggles have prompted some former prominent Lakers players to join James in criticizing his teammates, most notably Shaquille O’Neal. [75][76] After one of those missed games, a Christmas Day match-up against the Lakers, he ripped Jackson, who O'Neal had once called a second father, referring to his former coach as "Benedict Arnold". in reference to the amount of the Magic's offer. His role in the offense diminished, as he attempted only 10 field goals per game, versus his career average of 17. Big Baby [Glen Davis] breaks my hand and I had to sit out five weeks late in the year. [192], Upon his trade to Miami, O'Neal began training to become a Miami Beach reserve officer. 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. Boisterously. He released five studio albums and 1 compilation album. [92] He returned to the All-Star Game in 2009 and emerged as co-MVP along with ex-teammate Kobe Bryant. 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. 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. He hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq. In August 2005, O'Neal signed a 5-year-extension with the Heat for $100 million. [52], Using Jackson's triangle offense, O'Neal and Bryant enjoyed tremendous success, leading the Lakers to three consecutive titles (2000, 2001, and 2002). "[56] Although they made the playoffs, they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan and David Robinson in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. Kupchak wanted the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki in return but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban refused to let his 7-footer go. I want to thank you very much. O'Neal was quoted as saying that he accepted the advice of NBA legend Bill Russell to make peace with Bryant. 28 in Boston. If I score 50, 60 points, break the records, and we lose, I'm pissed off. [85] O'Neal made his Suns debut on February 20, 2008, against his former Lakers team, scoring 15 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the process. The feud climaxed during training camp prior to the 2003–2004 season when Bryant, in an interview with ESPN journalist Jim Gray, criticized O'Neal for being out of shape, a poor leader, and putting his salary demands over the best interest of the Lakers. [87], O'Neal preferred his new situation with the Suns over the Heat. O'Neal is also an electronic music producer, and touring DJ, known as DIESEL. The lasting impact of the Lakers trading Shaq left aftershocks that took years to understand. 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O'Neal referred to Divac as "she", and said he would never exaggerate contact to draw a foul. [177] Binion would however go on to sue O'Neal for a sum larger than $25,000. 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]. 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. [59] He waited the whole summer until just before training camp for the surgery and explained, "I got hurt on company time, so I'll heal on company time. In the summer of 2005, when asked about Bryant, he responded, "I'm sorry, who?" [101] On February 25, 2010, O'Neal suffered a severe right thumb injury while attempting to go up for a shot against Glen Davis of the Boston Celtics. [74], In the 2006–07 season, O'Neal missed 35 games after an injury to his left knee in November required surgery. ", "All-Time #NBArank: Shaq comes in at No. Fred Hickman, then of CNN, instead chose Allen Iverson, then of the Philadelphia 76ers who would go on to win MVP the next season. He would make a small profit in return, but wanted to make an investment in Orlando and help out homeowners. I had a good life. With the tandem of O'Neal and teenage superstar Kobe Bryant, expectations for the Lakers increased. [9] He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017. [139], O'Neal's primary weakness was his free throw shooting, with a career average of 52.7%. 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[274] He has also appeared in television commercials promoting the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league ELeague. 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. [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. [284][285] 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. With Wade carrying the offensive load, O'Neal did not need to have a dominating series, and finished with an average of 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds for the series. Signed during the summer of 1996, Shaquille O’Neal spent eight fulfilling seasons with the Lakers. [295] O'Neal is a Prince Hall Freemason. [211][212][213][214] O'Neal also appeared on television on Saturday Night Live (he was initially picked to host the second episode of season 24 in 1998, but had to back down due to scheduling conflicts, being replaced by Kelsey Grammer; however, he did appear in two sketches during the episode) and in 2007 hosted Shaq's Big Challenge, a reality show on ABC in which he challenged Florida kids to lose weight and stay in shape. [265] He has also been an active real estate entrepreneur. "[160] O'Neal later said it was locker room humor and he meant no offense. 'Cause I knew I did something wrong. [137], O'Neal's "drop step", (called the "Black Tornado" by O'Neal) in which he posted up a defender, turned around and, using his elbows for leverage, powered past him for a very high-percentage slam dunk, proved an effective offensive weapon. Coach Del Harris was fired, and former Lakers forward Kurt Rambis finished the season as head coach. My whole career I had to play people one-on-one. "[168] O'Neal justified his act by saying "I was freestyling. [147][148] The Heat eventually retired his jersey on December 22, 2016, during halftime of a game against his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. O'Neal played 33 games for the Miami Heat in the 2007–08 season prior to being traded to the Phoenix Suns. [276], In early 2019 O'Neal joined the Papa John's board of directors and invested in nine stores in the Atlanta area. "I'd just go there to shoot. While the Olympic basketball team was training in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel published a poll that asked whether the Magic should fire Hill if that were one of O'Neal's conditions for returning. We're even preparing a big match between Chu Sung Hoon and Shaquille O'Neal. [180] Coach Phil Jackson let O'Neal miss a home game so he could attend graduation. But it's cool", said O'Neal. O'Neal was injured for a great deal of the 1995–96 season, missing 28 games. [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. O'Neal left LSU early to pursue his NBA career, but continued his education even after becoming a professional player. "[181], Toward the end of his playing career, he began work on an educational doctorate at Barry University. He averaged 26.6 points and 11 rebounds per game, made the All-NBA 3rd Team, and played in his 4th All-Star Game. His size, strength, his power – it was too much to handle, especially when he wanted to (play).”. [216], O'Neal and his mother, Lucille Harrison, were featured in the documentary film Apple Pie, which aired on ESPN. [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. [54] O'Neal was suspended for three games without pay and fined $15,000. [63], The Lakers made the playoffs in 2004 and lost to the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals. Signed during the summer of 1996, Shaquille O’Neal spent eight fulfilling seasons with the Lakers. Afterwards, O'Neal and others criticized Heat head coach Stan Van Gundy for not calling enough plays for O'Neal. "[47], In the November 10, 1999, game against the Houston Rockets, O'Neal and Charles Barkley were ejected. The ability to dunk contributed to his career field goal accuracy of .582, second only to Artis Gilmore as the highest field goal percentage of all time. After the 2001–2002 season, O'Neal told friends that he did not want another season of limping and being in virtually constant pain from his big right toe. The Trail Blazers came into Staples Center and dominated the … "[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 racial quote from his song was "it's like a white boy trying to be more nigga than me."[171]. "[162] O'Neal later admitted that he regretted how he treated Yao early in his career. Journalists and others gave O'Neal several nicknames including "Shaq", "The Diesel", "Shaq Fu", "The Big Daddy", "Superman", "The Big Agave", "The Big Cactus", "The Big Shaqtus", "The Big Galactus", "Wilt Chamberneezy", "The Big Baryshnikov", "The Real Deal", "The Big Shamrock", "The Big Leprechaun", "Shaqovic",[149][150] and "The Big Conductor". No one is asking me to play with [his former Heat teammates] Chris Quinn or Ricky Davis. [140] O'Neal believes his free throw woes were a mental issue, as he often shot 80 percent in practice. One of the reasons for the trade was to limit Tim Duncan in the event of a postseason matchup between the Suns and the San Antonio Spurs, especially after the Suns' six-game elimination by the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Photo Credit: Kim Haggerty Zylius. Flopping would describe his coaching. [8], O'Neal experienced a rough start for the 2007–08 season, averaging career lows in points, rebounds, and blocks. On more than one occasion during the year, Sports Illustrated writer Jack McCallum overheard O'Neal saying, "We've got to get [head coach] Matty [Guokas] out of here and bring in [assistant] Brian [Hill]."[29]. O'Neal played well in his first Finals appearance, averaging 28 points on 59.5% shooting, 12.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. [144], Phil Jackson believed O'Neal underachieved in his career, saying he "could and should have been the MVP player for 10 consecutive seasons. During a preseason game, O'Neal had yelled at Lakers owner Jerry Buss, "Pay me. 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L.A. matched up with the Philadelphia 76ers in the Finals and dropped the first game at home, ending their quest to become the first franchise to finish the playoffs undefeated. [247] A match was proposed for WrestleMania 33, which O'Neal accepted. The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the best franchise in NBA history. [10], In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. [6] O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before retiring. [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]. For the 2003-04 season, the team made a concerted off-season effort to improve its roster. O'Neal was sidelined with hallux rigidus, a degenerative arthritic condition in his toe. [263][264], O'Neal is also an active businessman and investor. However, personnel changes were a source of instability during the 1998–99 season. He, along with Kobe Bryant, helped lead the … [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. He led the league with a 58.4 field goal percentage, the first of five consecutive seasons in which he did so. 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"It's not going to be man-on-man, so don't even try that," says O'Neal with an incredulous laugh. [90] They connected his arthritic toe, which would not bend, to the alteration of his jump that consequently was straining his leg. In 1993–1994, O'Neal's second season, Hill was the coach and Guokas was reassigned to the front office. [227][228], O'Neal starred in a reality show called Shaq Vs. which premiered on August 18, 2009, on ABC. "[156][157][158] During the 2002 victory parade, O'Neal declared that Sacramento would never be the capital of California,[159] after the Lakers beat the Kings in a tough seven-game series en route to its third championship with O'Neal. [187] O'Neal told a reporter for ABC News that he plans to further his education by attending law school. 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. 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