Shaquille O'Neal By. avery harrell

Shaquille was born on March 6,1972. Shaquille also known as “Shaq” has always been a big kid throughout his life, except when he was born. When he was born he was 7lbs and 11oz, but when he was 16 he was 6’8 and weighed 265 lbs wearing a size 15 shoe. Basketball has always been his #1 favorite sport, whenever and wherever he could play it, he would. Shaq has had an amazing journey throughout his life.

Shaq has had a tough time throughout his life trying to make new friends because of all of the moving around they had done from his step fathers job. His stepfather, Phillip Harrison, was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He also had a mom named Lucille, 2 sisters, and a brother. Even though Shaq did have a hard time moving around so much, getting used to were they where, the new environment, and making new friends. Shaq’s family had supported him through everything, his basketball career from starting it up then going into retirement. After all the moving around they had done, they had finally found a home in San Antonio, Texas.

Shaq has already been started to get scouted by college coaches when he was in junior high. By his high school years nearly every college coach in the U.S. had wanted for him to come play them. Shaq had spent his years at high school in San Antonio. He was 6ft 11in and averaged about 32 points, 22 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots per game. He led his team to a 68-1 record of all of the years he had been there. Once his high school career was over he had decided it was time to move onto college ball. He had a lot of colleges wanting him to come play for them but he had decided to come and play for Dale Brown @LSU. He had decided that because Dale has helped him out so much since the beginning. Shaq had started to realize that college was harder than what he had expected, but he had still averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots per game in his last two seasons @LSU.

O’Neal had thought it was time for him to be done with college and move into the NBA. Orlando Magic had the #1 pick so they had decided to use it on Shaq. He had signed a contract with them for $41 million. Shaq had an amazing time with the Magic but he had felt it was time to move onto a different team. He had decided to go to the LA Lakers in 1996, the same year he had signed with the Lakers, he had been named on the National Basketball Association list of the top 50 greatest players of all time and he also had won the gold medal. The decision wasn’t hard for him to go to the Lakers because they had just picked up Kobe Bryant. These two had helped led the Lakers in the 2001-2003 championships, Shaq had won the finals MVP each year.

Shaq had been traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, he had a guard named Dwayne Wade to help him out. They had a couple of slow years to start out but they had finally led the Miami Heat to a championship in 2006. After that he played with the Phoenix Suns, in the seasons 2008 and 2009. After a somewhat solid season with them he had yet been traded to another team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. After that short season he had signed with his last team, Boston Celtics, in 2010. In that season he had gotten an Achilles tendon injury, which had then limited his play throughout the season. Shaquille retired after his 2010-2011 season.

Shaquille had an amazing time throughout his basketball career. O’Neal had been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. O’Neal retired in 2011 after 19 seasons in the NBA. He won four championships and a Most Valuable Player award, played in 15 All-Star games, scored 28,596 points throughout his career, and collected $292 million in paychecks from six teams. O’Neal now is as an analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA.

On Thursday nights, during the breaks in prime-time doubleheaders, he talks hoops with fellow retirees, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith from the cable network’s Atlanta studio. After his retirement from the NBA, O’Neal and his agents convened a Shaq Summit. His commercial partners gathered at his Orlando home and each made a 15-minute presentation. IcyHot, the muscle-pain reliever O’Neal endorses, used the occasion to say goodbye. “ ‘It’s been a wonderful run. We’ll probably use you for another year,’ ” Rogers recalls the company saying.

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