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Shaquille O'Neal

O'Neal at the Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, January 14, 2009
NameShaquille O'Neal
CaptionO'Neal at the Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, January 14, 2009
Height Ft7
Height In1
Weight Lb325
Number32, 34, 33, 36
Birth DateMarch 6, 1972(age 45)
Birth PlaceNewark, New Jersey
High SchoolRobert G. Cole
CollegeLouisiana State (1989 1992)
Draft Round1
Draft Pick1
Draft Year1992
Draft TeamOrlando Magic
Career Start1992
Career End2011
Years1   |team1=Orlando Magic
Years2   |team2=Los Angeles Lakers
Years3   |team3=Miami Heat
Years4   |team4=Phoenix Suns
Years5 |team5=Cleveland Cavaliers
Years6 |team6=Boston Celtics
Highlights *4× NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006) *3× NBA Finals MVP (2000 2002) *NBA Most Valuable Player ( ) *NBA Rookie of the Year ( ) *15× NBA All-Star (1993 1998, 2000 2007, 2009) *2× NBA scoring champion ( ,  ) *8× All-NBA First Team ( ,    ) *2× All-NBA Second Team ( ,  ) *4× All-NBA Third Team ( ,    ,  ) *3× All-Defensive Second Team (   ,  ) *NBA All-Rookie First Team ( ) *3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009) * 1994 FIBA World Championship MVP

Shaquille O'Neal

Personal information
Birth nameShaquille Rashaun O'Neal
OriginNewark, New Jersey
GenresHip hop
Years active1993 present
LabelsJive, Interscope, A&M, Trauma
Associated actsLord Tariq and Peter Gunz, DJ Kayslay

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Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (c-eniconʃəˈkiːl ; born March 6, 1972), nicknamed "Shaq" (c-eniconˈʃæk ), is a former American professional basketball player. Standing 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) tall and weighing 325 lb (147.4 kg), 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 (2000); 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 will join Turner Network Television (TNT) as a color commentator on its NBA basketball games.

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