Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (Newark, New Jersey, March 6, 1972) is a former basketball player in the NBA. Shaquille, or ' Shaq ' 147.4 kg with 2 m 16 and over is considered as one of the strongest players that the NBA has ever known. On 4 June 2011 he announced to quit basketball.
- 2 Basketball career
- 3 Statistics
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Tv
- 6 Trivia
O'Neal was named "Shaquille Rashaun" (meaning "Small Combatant" in Arabic means) of his biological father, Joseph Toney. His mother, Lucille Harrison, O'Neal married army sergeant Phillip Harrison shortly after the birth of Shaquille. Shaq spent several childhood in Germany in Wildflecken, Bavaria, where his stepfather Harrison was stationed. Here he first came into contact with a basketball.
O'Neal broke both his wrists in his youth while climbing between two trees. He uses this as an explanation for his low free throw average.
He reached for the first time national attention as a star at Robert g. Cole Junior-Senior High School in San Antonio, Texas. He was the player of the year by his High School during his playing years. He then went to Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University where he graduated in commercial sciences. During his years atLSU , he was twice elected to the first all-American team, he was the SEC Player of the year twice and was voted national player of the year in 1991.
He was the first player selected in 1992 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic and helped the team to a laudable 41 victories, which missed the playoffs that year with the smallest difference. He further increased his fame that year with two infamous dunks which supports those broke the basket to keep the back-board, the first against the Phoenix Suns and the second against the New Jersey Nets.
In the season 93-94 helped Shaq the Magics to their first ever playoff qualification.
In 94-95, made O'Neal and Anfernee ' Penny ' Hardaway that their team reached the NBA Finals, but lost in it from the Houston Rockets in four games.O'Neal with the Lakers in 1999
O'Neal left Orlando 95-96 after the season to join the Los Angeles Lakers for an unprecedented seven year contract of $ 120 million. He and his teammate Kobe Bryant created one of most efficient guard-center combinations in history of the NBA, although their relationship was strained and the two often clash with each other in public and private came in.
Anyway, the two trained by Phil Jackson enjoyed huge success on the field, since O'Neal and Bryant the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive NBA titles led (2000, 2001, 2002). Shaq was three times elected MVP of the NBA Finals and had the highest average statistics for a center in the history of the NBA Finals. He was also voted the most valuable player (MVP) for the season 99-2000.
At the beginning of the season of 2003-04 announced O'Neal that he strove to an extension of his contract. The Board of the Lakers was hesitant to agree to its demands. The Lakers offered O'Neal a contract in February 2004 to remain the highest paid player in the League, but O'Neal refused.
After the Lakers were defeated by the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals, O'Neal was irritated by comments of the general manager of the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak, in connection with his future in the team. Thereupon demanded O'Neal an immediate transfer.
On 14 July 2004, Shaq was traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a first-round selection in the NBA Draft. The swap was immediately labeled as one of the most important in sports history, with analysts who were pessimistic that one man so many key players could replace Miami. However surpassed all expectations, where the reborn Shaq Miami finished first in the Eastern Conference. However, the Miami players could come across do not ensure that the Lakers made it to the playoffs. O'Neal lost narrowly to the award of the 2004-2005 MVP Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns.Despite a deep dijkneuzing guided Miami to the Eastern Conference Finals, Shaq in which they narrowly lost to Detroit in seven games.
In August 2005 signed O'Neal a contract extension for 5 years for a total amount of 100 million dollars. While critics this extension if it's paying too much of an aging player, praised the supporters condemned the management of the Heat for retaining the probably most dominant player in the NBA for "only" $ 20 million per year and this during a period where the mediocre or constantly injured players such as Keith Van Horn, Derek Anderson, Allan Houston or Brian Grant almost the same amount.
By signing this contract, refuted O'Neal the former comments about him, who claimed he never would allow a pay cut in the interest of the team. He received now "but" $ 20 million instead of $ 30 million and this to the Heat in the ability to make good players to be able purchases.
After the very successful season with the Miami Heat, many players were "transferred" and O'Neal got a lot more bothered by injuries. When Miami star Dwyane Wade still went out, it went very badly with the Heat. In the middle of the season 2007/2008 decided to leave Shaquille. The Miami Heat won that only 16 of the 82 games all year. O'Neal went to the Phoenix Suns, for which Miami Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks bank player in the place. Analysts were again critical, because Shaq had not many years more to go and also Sun Steve Nash was somewhat older. On the other hand, Phoenix never won a title and with a real center would that ever can change. This happened not because in the playoffs they knew not (again) to beat the San Antonio Spurs.
Shaquille O'Neal played in the 2009-2010 season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team of LeBron James. For Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a draft pick of the 2nd round of 2010 and $ 500,000, went to the Cavs ' Shaq. According to ESPN earned the 37-year-old O'Neal that season 20 million dollars (14.24 million).
The "Cavs" reached the play-offs in which they appear in a sizzling best-of-seven be disabled by Boston Celtics. Boston "sacrificed" in this series on some of their centers in the defense of Shaq who, despite his traditional moderate free throws left a very good impression.
When it became clear that Lebron James would leave after the season, the Cavaliers also O'Neal looked around themselves. The Boston Celtics, who have not forgotten how much effort they had with Shaq, did a bid.
On August 4, 2010, it was announced that Shaquille O'Neal the next two seasons for the Boston Celtics went to play. He allegedly got $ 3 million paid for it.
O'Neal played under coach Doc Rivers In Boston in the NBA Finals earlier that year the team that lost to Kobe Bryant's Lakers. The technical staff was made attracting Shaquille (at 38 years old) in a team whose most basic players above 30 were, non-obvious, but the owner speculated (according to the rumors) on revenge-feelings at O'Neal over Bryant. In the regular season, came "Shaq" not much to play through injuries.
Boston Celtics did nevertheless easy for the play-offs in the 2010-2011 season. O recommended Neal played his first game since 1 February 2011 at 7 May 2011, Game 3 in the semi-final of the 2011 playoffs against Miami Heat, he only played 5 minutes and 29 seconds. 
O'Neal could thus continue to play no further and on June 1, 2011 announced O'Neal his retirement via social media. In a short message on Twitter "tweeted" O'Neal "We've done it. Nineteen years long, "baby". I want you all very very thank. That's why I tell you first. I'm about to my basket shoes to hang on the hook. I love you guys. Will talk with you soon though. " On June 3, 2011 held a press conference in his home city of Orlando O'Neal to officially announce his retirement.
Shaquille O'Neal also appeared in some movies:
- Blue Chips (1994)
- Kazaam (1996)
- Good Burger (1997)
- Steel (1997)
- He's Got Game (1998)
- The Wash (2001)
- Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
- Scary Movie 4 (2006)
- In 2007 he had a program called Shaq's Big Challenge, in which he showed obese children lose weight.
- He had a guest role in the Halloween special of the Disney teen series Sonny With A Chance, where he plays himself
- He played a guest role in episode 8/season 2 of ' Curb your Enthusiasm ', the series that revolves around Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld.