Standing over seven feet tall with over 320 pounds of bodyweight and US shoe size of 23, Shaquille O’Neal (also known as Shaq) is living proof that size and strength leads to power. Known as the “Godfather of the NBA”, some of Shaquille’s achievements include winning an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, winning Gold at the 1994 FIBA World Championships in Canada, being named NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star Game MVP, NBA Champion, and NBA Most Valuable Player, to name just a few. One of the most famous basketball players in the history of the NBA, O’Neal’s nineteen year career in the sport includes playing for six teams: the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics. Shaq competed in three NBA Finals throughout his career where he was named MVP all three times and became is one of the few professional basketball players in history to reach the NBA Finals with three different teams.
Off of the court, Shaquille O’Neal has made a name for himself in the music industry as a rap artist, as an actor in motion pictures as well as television, through business ventures in real estate, and as a spokesperson for such brands as Reebok, Nestle, IcyHot, Pepsi-Cola, Burger King, Gold Bond, and Buick. He is also the author of his autobiography, Shaq Uncut: My Story, which he released in 2011 to rave reviews from fellow sports Hall of Famers Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, and Jerry West, as well as NBA Commissioner David Stern.
After retiring from the sport in 2011, Shaquille O’Neal became a sports analyst on TNT’s postgame show, Inside the NBA. Shaq continues to hold this role alongside fellow analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and host Ernie Johnson. He has also had two reality television series in his career, Shaq’s Big Challenge in 2007 and Shaq VS which aired from 2009 – 2010.