Shaq, Shaq Diesel, Big Daddy and the Big Aristotle are just a few of the nicknames for NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. There is also, Superman, Doctor Shaq and who doesn’t like his self-proclaimed nickname: M.E.D (Most Dominate Ever)?
Since his rookie season in 1992, O’Neal has been a big fixture in the landscape that is the NBA. “Big” doesn’t quite cover it either; try “massive”.
At 7’1” and 320 pounds, no other athlete in the league today can out muscle Shaq underneath the boards. He may be in his early 30’s, but he still dominates games on his own from time to time, which is evident in his team’s 2006 title run.
O’Neal and fellow Miami Heat teammates are on the verge of winning their first NBA Finals Championship in franchise history. And it’s not like Shaq hasn’t been in this situation with his former teams, either.
While a member of the Los Angles Lakers, O’Neal led the Lakers to three straight titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He came close in 2004, but the Lakers lost in the Finals to the Detroit Pistons.
Shaq joins Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to win three consecutive NBA Finals M.V.P. awards. He was also named league M.V.P. in 2000 and is a 13-time NBA All-Star.
Named Rookie of the Year in 1993, O’Neal was selected as a three-time All-Defensive player and was also a key member of the 1994 USA Basketball Championship Team.
Drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992, Shaq came into the league as not only an imposing player, but also a dynamic personality that the NBA has marketed around every year he has been in the league.
He has recorded rap records, been in movies and has even hosted Saturday Nigh Live. Perhaps when O’Neal finally does decide to hang up is size 23 shoe, he will arguably be the most recognized NBA star behind Michael Jordan.
O’Neal even has aspirations after his NBA life that include law enforcement. Shaq has already worked with a special task force in helping arrest Internet child molesters and may one day become a full-time officer.
The only thing left for Shaq to do is somehow work on his lifetime free throw average of 53.1%.
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News and Commentary
Shaq’s promise to Miami almost reality
He promised them he would bring them an NBA Championship. And now Shaquille O’Neal is four wins away from delivering on his word to the Miami Heat faithful.
“Now they can’t call me a bum”
This is an article from 2000 in which it explains how Shaq went from superstar to the next level of play.
Don’t let the door hit your big butt on the way out
Ouch. ESPN.com’s Page 2 columnist Royce Webb kindly lets Shaq know that his “ugly” game is no longer wanted in the NBA. Money quote:
“You know, a lot of people say basketball at its best is like jazz... in which case, you’re a big fat tuba playing, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
Stumbling, bumbling, fumbling, rumbling, ramming, banging, bruising, elbowing, shouldering, bouldering... and that’s just on your free throws. Your brutal game in the box is even harder on the eyes.”
Shaq vs. Chamberlain
A brief, but unique look at how Shaquille O’Neal would stack up against one of the other dominant centers of his era, Wilt Chamberlain, in a one-on-one match up.
As if the guy doesn’t have enough on his plate, Shaquille O’Neal also does undercover work for a special task force that goes after Internet child molesters.
LA just not big enough for O’Neal and Bryant
The early signs of the Shaq vs. Kobe feud.
Lakers trade Shaquille O’Neal
It was the deal that sent O’Neal to Miami, started Shaq vs. Kobe and revived the Heat franchise.