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At seven feet one inch tall, Shaquille O’Neal is larger than life. Many know him simply as “Shaq.” The basketball giant was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, NJ to mother Lucille O’Neal. His biological father, Joseph Toney, abandoned him at birth. The two didn’t reunite until 2016. He considers stepfather, Sgt. Phillip Harrison, to be his dad. Harrison died Sept. 10, 2013. The baller takes education seriously. He is the only current or former NBA player to have a bachelors, masters, and doctorate. He played for Louisiana State University before getting drafted by the Orlando Magic as the first overall pick in 1992. He cast his spell on the team and won Rookie of the Year and took the team all the way to the NBA Finals in 1995. Shaq took home three rings as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, 2001, and 2002. This hot commodity took his talents down to South Beach to join the Miami Heat in 2004. He added to his collection with one more NBA Championship title in 2006. Before retiring in 2011, Shaq played the final seasons of his pro career in Phoenix beginning in 2007. He also won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. In March 2017, a bronze statue was erected of the former Lakers player outside Staples Center in Los Angeles. The retired superstar purchased a small percentage of the Sacramento Kings in 2013 and invests in tech companies. He is also proud of his involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a national spokesperson. Sheriff Shaq may be in the future. He’s expressed intent to run in 2020, but has not announced what city. He already has some experience with a badge. He was sworn in as an honorary Clayton County sheriff’s deputy in December 2016 and he serves as a reserve officer in Doral, FL, Miami Beach, Tempe, Port of Los Angeles, and Golden Beach. Shaq married Shaunie Nelson on December 26, 2002 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but the union ended in divorce. The former couple has four children together – Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’Arah. He has another daughter, Taahirah, from a previous relationship with ex Arnetta Yardbourgh. He’s been in a longterm relationship with girlfriend Laticia Rolle. Shaq and fiancé Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander broke off their engagement in August 2012. He also allegedly had an affair with mistress Vanessa Lopez.

Big Show: Match With Shaq Ain't Happening, Here's Why

Big Show
Match With Shaq Ain't Happening ... Here's Why

Sad day for everyone who wanted to witness nearly 1,000 pounds of man tossed around a wresting ring ... WWE superstar Big Show says his match with Shaq ain't happening, and he's telling TMZ… READ MORE >

Shaq Says Million Dollar Parties Won't Stop, 2 More to Throw!

Million Dollar Parties Won't Stop ... 2 More to Throw!

Great news for Shaq's kids -- there are more MILLION DOLLAR PARTIES in your future, and this is coming straight from the man with the cash, dear old Shaq Daddy. The Diesel has already thrown huge… READ MORE >

- 67 days ago
NBA's Reggie Jackson Reveals Jacked Up Feet!

NBA's Reggie Jackson
Reveals Jacked Up Feet!

NASTY FOOT ALERT!  Turns out, Shaq's not the only NBA star with jacked up feet ... right, Reggie Jackson?! The Detroit Pistons star put his busted up feet on display in the team locker room… READ MORE >

- 84 days ago
Shaq Drops LaVar Ball Diss Track

Drops LaVar Ball Diss Track

BOOM!!!! Shaq Diesel just responded to LaVar Ball a la Tupac -- with a brand new killer 3 minute diss track going right after the Big Baller.  O'Neal's flow is straight fire over a classic… READ MORE >

- 177 days ago
Shaq To LaVar Ball: I Accept Your Hoops Challenge, Bet My Scalp I Win

Shaq To LaVar Ball
I Accept Your Challenge ... I Bet My Scalp I Win

LaVar Ball's mouth might've finally written a check his ass can't cash, because Shaq has accepted the Big Ballers' challenge, and he's putting his dome on the line for victory. This all got… READ MORE >

- 189 days ago
Shaq Says Shareef O'Neal Is Right, He'd Beat LaMelo Ball

Shareef's 100% Better Than LaMelo ... I LOVE The Smack Talk

Shaq says his boy has it right (it's okay for him to say it, Conor) ... telling TMZ Sports his son Shareef's claim that he'd beat LaMelo Ball in hoops is 100% accurate. Reef talked his ish to us… READ MORE >

- 191 days ago
Shaq: Gunning to Own 100 Krispy Kreme Stores!!

Gunning to Own 100 Krispy Kreme Shops

Shaquille O'Neal is making a run to become the Krispy Kreme King -- telling TMZ Sports he's working on a plan to own 100 DONUT SHOPS ... but there's a twist.  The NBA legend only owns 1… READ MORE >

- 192 days ago
Shaq Drains 3s, 'I'm the Black Steph Curry'

Drains 3s 'I'm the Black Steph Curry'

Shaq's got range!!!  The Diesel put his stroke on display during a shootaround session with Home Team Hoops -- draining 3 point shots from all over the court.  At one point he calls… READ MORE >

- 220 days ago
Shaq Shoots His Shot With Ellen Barkin, Proposes Marriage (VIDEO)

Shoots His Shot With Ellen Barkin ... I Love You, Marry Me!

Shaq shot over 19,000 shots during his NBA career, but none so smooth as this ... 'cause the big fella just totally got his Steph Curry on with "Animal Kingdom" star Ellen Barkin, and it's… READ MORE >

- 245 days ago
Shaq Says Lakers Shouldn't Be Afraid to Draft Lonzo Ball (VIDEO)

Shaq to Lakers:
Don't Be Afraid to Draft Lonzo ... He's Dope

Shaq says the Lakers shouldn't let LaVar Ball scare them off from taking Lonzo Ball with their #2 pic ... 'cause despite the media circus that follows the Big Baller, his kid's game is… READ MORE >

- 249 days ago
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