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Shaquille O'Neal (1972)

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Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal , nicknamed "Shaq" , is a former American professional basketball player. Standing tall and weighing , he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA. Throughout his 19-year career, O'Neal used his size and strength to overpower opponents for points and rebounds.

Following his career at Louisiana State University, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He quickly became one of the top centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and later leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals. After four years with the Magic, O'Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. He won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006. Midway through the 2007–2008 season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O'Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009–10 season. O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before retiring.

O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year ; the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998. He ranks 5th all-time in points scored, 5th in field goals, 12th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks.

In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.. On July 14, 2011, O'Neal announced that he would join Turner Network Television as a color commentator on its NBA basketball games.


 early life
O'Neal was born in Newark, New Jersey. He remains estranged from his biological father, Joseph Toney of Newark. Toney, who was once an All-State guard in high school who was offered a basketball scholarship to play at Seton Hall, struggled with drug addiction and was, by 1973, imprisoned for drug possession when O'Neal was an infant. Upon his release, Toney did not resume a place in O'Neal's life and instead, agreed to relinquish his parental visitation rights to O'Neal's stepfather, Phillip A. Harrison, a career Army Reserve sergeant, and his mother, Lucille (O'Neal). O'Neal and Toney have never spoken, and O'Neal has expressed no 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."

O'Neal credits the Boys and Girls Club of America in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, with giving him a safe place to play and keeping him off the streets. "It gave me something to do," he said. "I'd just go there to shoot. I didn't even play on a team." He led his Robert G. Cole High School team, from San Antonio, Texas, to a 68–1 record during his two years there and helped the team win the state championship during his senior year. His 791 rebounds during the 1989 season remains a state record for a player in any classification.

 personal life
A number of news reports suggest that O'Neal is a Muslim by religion. He married Shaunie Nelson on December 26, 2002. The couple have four children (Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'arah), and Nelson has one son from a previous relationship . O'Neal also has a daughter from a previous relationship .

On September 4, 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, on November 10, 2009, Shaunie filed an intent to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

In summer 2010, O'Neal began dating reality TV star Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander. The couple resided at O'Neal's home in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

O'Neal is a 2009 inductee of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

In his mansion in Orlando, Florida, O'Neal built a homemade movie theater with two rows of five retractable chairs, Superman lights, another Superman symbol on the floor, a big screen, another Superman symbol on his blanket, and 5.1 surround sound. O'Neal also created an indoor basketball court.

music career
Beginning in 1993 O'Neal began to compose rap music. He released five studio albums and 1 compilation album. Although his rapping abilities were criticized at the outset, one critic credited him with "progressing as a rapper in small steps, not leaps and bounds". His 1993 debut album, Shaq Diesel, received platinum certification from the RIAA. O'Neal was featured alongside Michael Jackson as a guest rapper on "2 Bad," a song from Jackson's 1995 album HIStory.

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Name Duration Released
Heat It Up 04:06 15/09/1998
Like What 04:24 15/09/1998
River 02:38 15/09/1998
3 X's Dope 03:41 15/09/1998
Go to Let Me Know 04:59 15/09/1998
The Bomb Baby 04:57 15/09/1998
The Light of Mine 00:00 15/09/1998
Deeper 03:40 15/09/1998
Fly Like an Eagle 03:59 15/09/1998
Psycho Rap 00:00 15/09/1998
Voices 04:21 15/09/1998
Blaq Supaman 04:49 15/09/1998
The Way It's Goin' Down 04:29 15/09/1998
Make This a Night to Remember 03:52 15/09/1998
Fiend '98 03:50 15/09/1998
Pool Jam 04:06 15/09/1998
48 @ the Buzzer 03:40 15/09/1998
Legal Money 04:36 19/11/1996
Game of Death 04:12 19/11/1996
Best to Worst 03:58 19/11/1996
Big Dog Stomp 04:11 19/11/1996
Strait Playin' 04:35 19/11/1996
More to Life 04:24 19/11/1996
No Love Lost 03:51 19/11/1996
Just Be Good to Me 04:32 19/11/1996
It Was All a Dream 04:43 19/11/1996
Can I Play Gunz 04:24 19/11/1996
D.I.V.A. Radio 00:00 19/11/1996
Let's Wait a While 04:04 19/11/1996
You Can't Stop the Reign 04:43 19/11/1996
S.H.E. 00:00 19/11/1996
Shaquille 00:00 19/11/1996
Edge of Night 04:26 19/11/1996
Newark to C.I. 03:57 08/11/1994
Freaky Flow 03:43 08/11/1994
No Hook 03:17 08/11/1994
Nobody 03:48 08/11/1994
Hardcore 04:17 08/11/1994
My Style, My Stelo 03:41 08/11/1994
Mic Check 1-2 03:47 08/11/1994
Shaq's Got It Made 03:57 08/11/1994
My Dear 03:42 08/11/1994
Biological Didn't Bother 05:07 08/11/1994
Let Me In, Let Me In 03:03 26/10/1993
I Hate 2 Brag 04:32 26/10/1993
Where Ya At? 04:44 26/10/1993
Game Over 00:10 26/10/1993
I'm Outstanding 04:07 26/10/1993
What's Up Doc? 03:53 26/10/1993
Skillz 04:23 26/10/1993
Giggin' on 'Em 04:08 26/10/1993
Intro 01:48 26/10/1993
Are You a Roughneck? 03:42 26/10/1993
Boom! 03:00 26/10/1993
Shoot Pass Slam 03:31 26/10/1993


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