- NAME: Shaquille O'Neal
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Basketball Player, Rapper
- BIRTH DATE: March 06, 1972 (Age: 41)
- EDUCATION: Cole High School, Louisiana State University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Newark, New Jersey
- Full Name: Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal
- AKA: Shaquille O'Neal
- AKA: Shaq
- Nickname: "The Big Agave"
- Nickname: "Shaqovic"
- Nickname: "Shaq Fu"
- Nickname: "The Big Daddy"
- Nickname: "The Big Cactus"
- Nickname: "The Diesel"
- Nickname: "The Big Aristotle and Hobo Master"
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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Standing 7 feet tall and weighing 315 pounds, Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most dominant players in the NBA. After his 2011 retirement, he became an on-screen league analyst.
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Shaq then traveled to Midwest, joining the Cleveland Cavaliers via a trade deal that cost the team $500,000 and two players. His 2009-10 highlights include helping the Cavs earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, where he averaged 11.5 PPG, and establishing a seaon average of 12 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. It was also during this season that Shaq became the oldest NBA player in the sport's history.
After only one season with the Cavs, Shaq became a free agent and, in August 2010,
signed with the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, an achilles injury proved to be an incredible detriment to the player and team in 2010-11: In addition to missing 27 season games, Shaq sat out the first round of 2011 playoffs and played just two games of second round.
On June 1, 2011, Shaq announced his plans to retire from the NBA on his Twitter page, stating: "We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first. I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." After officially retiring in 2011, Shaq became an NBA analyst for Turner Network Television. His new role has seen him working alongside the likes of legendary NBA players Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith.
In addition to working as an on-screen NBA analyst, Shaq has spent his time off the court reinventing himself as both a musician and actor. In 1990, he appeared on Fu-Schnickens' Top 40 single What's Up Doc?. In 1993, he released his solo debut, Shaq Diesel. With help from artists like Def Jef, the album achieved platinum status. Thanks to a slew of guest-stars, Shaq-Fu Da Return, released in 1994, established Shaq as a gold-certified rap artist. His third album, 1996's You Can't Stop the Reign, was released under his own imprint, TWIsM (The World Is Mine) Records. Respect was released in 1998, and Presents His Superfriends appeared in 2001.
Shaq has also appeared in several films, including Blue Chips with Nick Nolte, and starred in vehicles such as Kazaam! and Steel, for which he also recorded the soundtrack albums.
Additionally, Shaq has devoted a great deal of time to education, earning two graduate degrees. After receiving a Master of Business Administration degree from Barry University in Florida in 2005, he returned to the university, and was awarded a doctorate degree in education in 2012.
Shaq has four children with ex-wife Shaunie Nelson, as well as another daughter by an ex-girlfriend.
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