Shaquille O’Neal is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is a four-time NBA Champion and he also has been named the NBA Finals MVP thrice. In 2000, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player. O’Neal played for a number of teams in the NBA, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers. His playing career spanned from 1992 to 2011 and he has played under Jersey numbers 32, 34, 33, and 36.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey, the U.S. He stands 216 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 147 kg. His parents are Joe Toney and Lucille O’Neal. He was raised by his mother and stepfather Phillip Arthur Harrison as O’Neal’s biological father was not in the picture.
Both of his parents were tall at over 180 cm. By the time he was 13, he was 198 cm tall. Since his father was in the military, O’Neal spent time abroad and attended high school in Germany.
|Height / weight||2.16 m / 147 kg|
|Born||6 Mar 1972|
|Boston Celtics||2010 - 2011|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||2009 - 2010|
|Phoenix Suns||2008 - 2009|
|Miami Heat||2004 - 2008|
|Los Angeles Lakers||1996 - 2004|
|Orlando Magic||1992 - 1996|
High School and College Career
While in Germany, he attended the Fulda American Fulda, Germany. When the family came back to the United States, he attended Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio, Texas. As a high school player, he was known for making hook shots, which got him compared to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
After high school, he attended Louisiana State University where he was coached by Dale Brown. While in college, he was named an All-American twice. In 1991, he was also named the NCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. The LSU has a 900-lb bronze statue of O’Neal in front of their LSU Basketball Practice Facility.
O’Neal was drafted into the NBA during the 1992 NBA Draft. He was the first overall pick of the draft and was chosen by the Orlando Magic. In his first week with the league, he was named the Player of the Week. He was later named the 1993 Rookie of the Year. In that season, he was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In his first season, he was also named to the NBA All-Star team for the first time. He would be named to the All-Star team 15 times in total. He has also been named to the All-NBA First Team, the All-NBA Second Team, and the All-NBA Third Team a number of times throughout his career.
In 2000, O’Neal became an NBA Champion for the first time. He was already playing for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time. He would lead the Lakers to championships again in 2001 and 2002. In those three years, O’Neal was named the NBA Finals MVP.
When he switches over to the Miami Heat in 2004, O’Neal won the 2006 NBA Championship. In 2008, O’Neal signed to play with the Phoenix Suns. He later played with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He switched teams one more time in 2010 to play for the Boston Celtics before retiring in 2011.
Off the court, O’Neal has dipped his hand in acting, and rap, and he even went through the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Academy Reserve.
- 2000–2002, 2006 - NBA champion
- 2000–2002 - NBA Finals MVP
- 2000 - NBA Most Valuable Player
- 1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009 - NBAAll-Star
- 2000, 2004, 2009 - NBA All-Star GameMVP
- 1998, 2000–2006 - All-NBA First Team
- 1995, 1999 - All-NBA Second Team
- 1994, 1996, 1997, 2009 - All-NBAThird Team
- 2000, 2001, 2003 - NBA All-DefensiveSecond Team
- 1993 - NBA Rookie of the Year
- 1993 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 1995, 2000 - NBA scoring champion
- 2000, 2001 - IBM Award
- NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
- No. 34 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
- No. 32 retired by Miami Heat
- 1991 - Associated Press Player ofthe Year
- 1991 - UPI Player of the Year
- 1991 - Adolph Rupp Trophy
- 1991, 1992 - Consensus first-teamAll-American
- 1991, 1992 - SEC Player of the Year
- 1992 - NCAA blocks leader
- 1991 - NCAA rebounding leader
- No. 33 retired by LSU Tigers
- 1994 - FIBA World Championship MVP
- 1994 - USA Basketball Male Athleteof the Year
- 1989 - McDonald’s All-American GameCo-MVP
- 1989 - First-team ParadeAll-American
- 1989 - Texas Mr. Basketball
- Gold - 1996 Atlanta Olympics
- Gold - 1994 Toronto FIBA World Cup