101 Facts About Shaquille O'Neal

1. Shaquille O'Neal scored 28,596 points during his career, the fifth highest in NBA history.

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2. On this album Shaquille O'Neal shared a track with a colleague, the late gangsta' rapper Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace.

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3. Shaquille O'Neal earned an estimated $30 million from endorsements alone in his first year as a professional athlete.

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4. In 1996 Shaquille O'Neal signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent.

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5. Shaquille O'Neal was named player of the week after his first week as a rookie.

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6. Shaquille O'Neal easily inherited Roberts' reputation as the premiere varsity player at LSU, earning recognition as the biggest of the big men in the National College Athletic Association of that era.

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7. In 1987, when Shaquille O'Neal was 15, the family moved to San Antonio, Texas, where his father was stationed at Fort Sam Houston.

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8. Shaquille O'Neal has appeared in several films and music videos, often as himself.

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9. Shaquille 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.

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10. Shaquille O'Neal never shied away from a comparison, so long as his place on Mount Rushmore of NBA Centers is universalized.

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11. Shaquille O'Neal said he's expanding the concept domestically and internationally over the two years.

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12. Shaquille O'Neal played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career.

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13. Shaquille O'Neal created and produced the reality show popularly known as the Basketball Wives.

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14. Shaquille O'Neal had limited success as a rapper and as an actor, starring in such feature films as Blue Chips, Kazaam (1996), and Steel (1997).

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15. Shaquille O'Neal was a member of the US Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal in 1996, the same year he joined the Los Angeles Lakers, where he teamed with blossoming superstar Kobe Bryant.

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16. Shaquille O'Neal left school and entered the NBA draft in 1992 and was taken with the first pick by the Orlando Magic.

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17. In 1992, Shaquille O'Neal dropped out of college during his junior year to enter the NBA, where he played his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.

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18. Shaquille O'Neal pressures Jimmy into making a Super Bowl bet with humiliating consequences, gives an update on his son's recovery after a medical scare and hints at plans for future Big Chicken restaurants.

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19. On January 11, 2014, Shaquille O'Neal performed the ceremonial first puck and drove a Zamboni for a game between the Devils and the Florida Panthers.

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20. Shaquille O'Neal has a daughter from a previous relationship with his ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh, Taahirah O'Neal.

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21. Shaquille O'Neal is on the advisory board for Tout Industries, a social video service startup company based in San Francisco.

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22. Shaquille O'Neal would make a small profit in return, but wanted to make an investment in Orlando and help out homeowners.

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23. Shaquille O'Neal was looking to expand his business ventures with real-estate development projects aimed at assisting Orlando home owners facing foreclosure.

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24. Shaquille O'Neal described what has worked best for him in stock investing was where he felt a personal connection with the company.

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25. Shaquille O'Neal was an active bond investor in the early 1990s but continued to wade into stocks and made investments in various companies such as General Electric, Apple, and PepsiCo.

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26. Shaquille O'Neal eliminated Damien Sandow, and had another confrontation with Big Show before being eliminated himself by most of the other wrestlers.

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27. In 1994, Shaquille O'Neal made several appearances in World Championship Wrestling, including at the Bash at the Beach pay per view, where he presented the title belt to the winner of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

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28. Shaquille O'Neal began training in mixed martial arts in 2000.

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29. Shaquille O'Neal was a wrestling fan and made appearances at many WWE events.

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30. Shaquille O'Neal appeared in Backyard Basketball in 2004, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 as a playable boxer, and as an unlockable character in Delta Force: Black Hawk Down.

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31. Shaquille O'Neal had a voice over role in the 2013 film, The Smurfs 2.

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32. Shaquille O'Neal voiced animated versions of himself on several occasions, including in the animated series Static Shock, in Johnny Bravo (episode "Back on Shaq"), in Uncle Grandpa (episode "Perfect Kid"), and in The Lego Movie.

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33. Shaquille O'Neal appeared in cameo roles in the films, Freddy Got Fingered, Jack and Jill and Scary Movie 4.

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34. Shaquille O'Neal appeared as himself on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, bedridden after Larry David's character accidentally tripped him while stretching, and in two episodes each of My Wife and Kids and The Parkers.

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35. Shaquille O'Neal is preceded only by Michael Jai White, whose film Spawn was released two weeks before Steel.

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36. Shaquille O'Neal contributed three tracks, including the song "We Genie", to the Kazaam soundtrack.

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37. Shaquille O'Neal released five studio albums and 1 compilation album.

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38. Shaquille O'Neal assumed a $1 per year salary in this capacity.

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39. Shaquille O'Neal told a reporter for ABC News that he plans to further his education still by attending law school.

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40. Shaquille O'Neal was quoted as saying that he accepted the advice of NBA legend Bill Russell to make peace with Bryant.

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41. Shaquille O'Neal once missed all 11 of his free throw attempts in a game against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 8, 2000, a record.

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42. Shaquille O'Neal led the NBA in field goal percentage 10 times, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record of nine.

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43. Shaquille O'Neal established himself as an overpowering low post presence, putting up career averages of 23.7 points on.

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44. Shaquille O'Neal was angered by being overlooked for the 1999 FIBA AmeriCup squad, saying it was a "lack of respect".

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45. Shaquille O'Neal missed games throughout the season due to an assortment of ailments to his right leg including knee, calf, hip, and Achilles injuries.

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46. Shaquille O'Neal was introduced by the Celtics on August 10, 2010, and chose the number 36.

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47. Shaquille O'Neal wanted the larger mid-level exception contract, but the Celtics chose instead to give it to Jermaine O'Neal.

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48. In September 2016, Shaquille O'Neal said: "When I was in Cleveland, we were in first place.

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49. Shaquille O'Neal claimed one of the main reasons for wanting to be traded to Miami was because of their up-and-coming star Dwyane Wade, to whom he gave the nickname "Flash".

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50. Shaquille O'Neal reverted from number 34 to number 32, which he had worn while playing for the Magic.

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51. On July 14, 2004, Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, and a future first-round draft choice.

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52. Shaquille 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.

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53. The Lakers had hoped Shaquille O'Neal would take less money due to his age, physical conditioning, and games missed due to injuries.

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54. Shaquille O'Neal 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.

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55. Shaquille O'Neal was sidelined with hallux rigidus, a degenerative arthritis in his toe.

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56. Shaquille O'Neal was already wary of the long-term damage his frequent consumption of these medications might have.

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57. Shaquille O'Neal referred to Divac as "she", and said he would never exaggerate contact to draw a foul.

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58. Shaquille O'Neal punched center Brad Miller after an intentional foul to prevent a basket, resulting in a melee with Miller, forward Charles Oakley, and several other players.

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59. Shaquille O'Neal opted against a more involved surgery to return quicker.

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60. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Shaquille O'Neal was willing to be suspended for fighting Rodman, and O'Neal said: "It's one thing to talk tough and one thing to be tough.

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61. Shaquille O'Neal insisted he did not choose Los Angeles for the money.

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62. Shaquille O'Neal was upset that the Orlando media implied O'Neal was not a good role model for having a child with his longtime girlfriend with no immediate plans to marry.

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63. Shaquille O'Neal was named the 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year and became the first rookie to be voted an All-Star starter since Michael Jordan in 1985.

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64. On his 1994 rap album, Shaq Fu: The Return, Shaquille 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.

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65. Shaquille O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey, to Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney, who played high school basketball and was offered a basketball scholarship to play at Seton Hall.

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66. Shaquille O'Neal had one quote that I always live by, it's, 'When you stop worrying about your stats, that's when you start winning.

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67. Shaquille O'Neal is famously game to test himself at any sport and even had.

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68. Shaquille O'Neal set a low bar for the LeBron-led Lakers to be successful.

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69. Shaquille O'Neal set a surprisingly low bar for the LeBron-led Lakers to be successful.

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70. Shaquille O'Neal was literally assaulted every time he touched the ball.

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71. Shaquille O'Neal recently paid a visit to the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, where he met with Dana White and tested his mixed martial arts skills against Hall of Fame fighter Forrest Griffin.

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72. Shaquille O'Neal has long been a fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts.

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73. Shaquille O'Neal knows which three free agents will make Lakers into contender.

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74. Shaquille O'Neal endorsed Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie in his 2013 reelection bid, appearing in a television advertisement.

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75. Shaquille O'Neal is a fan of English football club Northampton Town, and has posted videos of support to their official YouTube page.

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76. Shaquille O'Neal became a Freemason in 2011, becoming a member of Widow's Son Lodge No 28 in Boston.

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

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78. Shaquille O'Neal was raised by a Baptist mother and a Muslim stepfather.

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79. In September 2013, Shaquille O'Neal became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings.

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80. In September 2012, Shaquille O'Neal made a guest appearance on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact Wrestling program, where he had a backstage segment with Hulk Hogan.

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81. Shaquille O'Neal challenged kickboxer and mixed martial artist Choi Hong-man to a mixed martial arts rules bout in a YouTube video posted on June 17, 2009.

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82. Shaquille O'Neal will be visiting Korea for a promotion and will be visiting the school on the last day.

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83. Shaquille O'Neal starred in a reality show called Shaq Vs which premiered on August 18, 2009, on ABC.

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84. Shaquille O'Neal appeared as Officer Fluzoo in the comedy sequel Grown Ups 2.

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85. Shaquille O'Neal reportedly wanted a role in the film X2, but was ignored by the filmmakers.

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86. Shaquille O'Neal appeared in a SportsCenter commercial dressed in his Miami police uniform, rescuing Mike the Tiger from a tree.

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87. Shaquille O'Neal appeared in the movie CB4 in a small "interviewing" scene.

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88. Shaquille O'Neal is one of the first African Americans to portray a major comic book superhero in a motion picture, having starred as John Henry Irons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Steel.

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89. Shaquille 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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90. In December 2016, Shaquille O'Neal was sworn in as a sheriff's deputy in Jonesboro, Georgia as part of Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff's Department.

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91. Shaquille O'Neal had been made an "honorary deputy" by the local sheriff's department.

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92. In September 2006, Shaquille O'Neal took part in a raid on a home in rural Bedford County, Virginia.

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93. Upon his trade to Miami, Shaquille O'Neal began training to become a Miami Beach reserve officer.

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94. Shaquille O'Neal maintained a high level of interest in the workings of police departments and became personally involved in law enforcement.

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95. Shaquille O'Neal was very vocal with the media, often making jabs at former Laker teammate Kobe Bryant.

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96. Shaquille O'Neal told a reporter, "you tell Yao Ming, ching chong yang, wah, ah so.

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97. Shaquille O'Neal was fined by the union for crossing the picket line.

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98. Shaquille O'Neal called himself "The Big Aristotle" and "Hobo Master" for his composure and insights during interviews.

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99. On December 25, 2008, Shaquille O'Neal missed his 5,000th free throw, becoming the second player in NBA history to do so, along with Chamberlain.

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100. On June 1, 2011, Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement via social media.

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101. Shaquille O'Neal said he didn't "compete with little guys who run around dominating the ball, throwing up 30 shots a night—like D–Wade, Kobe.

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