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Shaquille O'Neal
O'Neal in 2011
Personal information
Born March 6, 1972 (1972-03-06) (age 48)
Newark, New Jersey
Nationality American
High school Robert G. Cole
(San Antonio, Texas)
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
College LSU (1989–1992)
NBA Draft 1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 1992–2011
Career history
1992–1996 Orlando Magic
1996–2004 Los Angeles Lakers
2004–2008 Miami Heat
2008–2009 Phoenix Suns
2009–2010 Cleveland Cavaliers
2010–2011 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
  • 4× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2006)
  • 3× NBA Finals MVP (2000–2002)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2000)
  • 15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009)
  • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
  • 8× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000–2006)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1995, 1999)
  • 4× All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996, 1997, 2009)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)
  • NBA 50th Anniversary Team
  • No. 34 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • No. 32 retired by Miami Heat
  • College national player of the year (1991)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1991, 1992)
  • 2× SEC Player of the Year (1991, 1992)
  • No. 33 retired by LSU
  • FIBA World Championship MVP (1994)
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1994)
  • McDonald's All-American MVP (1989)
  • First-team Parade All-American (1989)
Career statistics
Points 28,596 (23.7 ppg)
Rebounds 13,099 (10.9 rpg)
Blocks 2,732 (2.3 bpg)
Stats at NBA.com

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (also known as Shaq) (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American retired professional basketball player, actor and rapper. He played a combined 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He is often considered one of the most well-known players in the history of the NBA. He stands at 7 feet 1 inch and weighs 325 pounds, making him one of the heaviest players to ever play in the NBA.

Basketball career

Before playing in the NBA, O'Neal played college basketball at Louisiana State University. Throughout his 18 year career, O'Neal has used his size and strength to help him play well. O'Neal won a scoring title, an MVP and three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers; he later won a championship with the Miami Heat. He first played for the Orlando Magic and later for the Phoenix Suns. O'Neal won a gold medal with the 1996 Dream Team. O'Neal is currently the oldest player in the NBA and is the only one of the 50 Greatest NBA players, as chosen in 1996, to still be playing in the NBA. He has scored the most points of anyone still in the NBA, and the fifth-most of any NBA player ever. He also one of the best shooters in the history of the NBA, and has led the league in that category ten times. He has been named All-NBA and an All-Star quite a few times. He retired from the NBA on June 1, 2011 and held a press conference on June 3, 2011 to officially announce his retirement. After Shaq's college career he had 1 child.

Music, TV and film career

O'Neal has appeared in several films and music videos, often as himself. He rapped on the song "2 Bad" on Michael Jackson's album HIStory. He has hosted two TV shows, one where he helps kids lose weight and another where he competes against athletes from other sports. He made a fine career in Los Angeles teaming with Kobe Bryant.

Personal life

O'Neal is a Muslim.


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