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Basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is considered one of the greatest to ever play the sport. He was one of the tallest players in NBA history, standing seven feet, one inch tall and weighing 325 pounds. He also had one of the biggest shoes – a size 22. In his first year, Shaq signed a $15 million deal with Reebok and wore the brand for the first five years of his career in the brand. NBA.
Before Shaquille O’Neal became one of the greatest centers in NBA history, he was a star player for the Robert G. Cole High School Cougars in San Antonio, Texas. At 6-foot-10 tall, 230 pounds and still growing, he was dominant on the court. O’Neal led the Cougars to a two-year record of 68 wins and just one loss and the 1989 Class AAA state championship. He then played for Louisiana State University for two years, where he was twice All American, two-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.
In 1992, Shaq was drafted by the Orlando Magic and won Rookie of the Year that season. He played for six teams during his illustrious 19-year NBA career and won four NBA championships, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. Among his individual accolades are an NBA Most Valuable Player award, 15 NBA All Star selections, three Finals MVP awards and two scoring titles. He ranks among the top ten players of all time with over 28,000 points scored in his career.
Off the pitch, O’Neal is known for his outgoing personality and generous charity work. As an actor, he has starred in movies, TV shows, and commercials. Shaq is also an active musician, philanthropist, businessman and investor, and on-air analyst for Inside the NBA.