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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.

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 >

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 >

- 11 days ago
Charles Barkley Tells Shaq To Keep His Fat Ass Away From His House (VIDEO)

Charles Barkley
Shaq Is Too Fat For My House ... He's Not Welcome To Stay

Shaq better book an Airbnb when he travels to Arizona to watch his son Shareef play for the Wildcats ... 'cause Charles Barkley says the Big Diesel is a little too damn big to stay with him.… READ MORE >

- 22 days ago
Warriors Coach Mike Brown Laughs Hysterically At Lonzo Ball's $500 Shoe (VIDEO)

Warriors Coach Mike Brown
Laughs Hysterically At Lonzo's $500 Shoe

It's safe to say Mike Brown will NOT be shelling out $500 for Lonzo Ball's sneakers. The Golden State Warriors assistant coach was asked about the ex-UCLA star's debut ZO2 shoes… READ MORE >

- 23 days ago
Shaq Says He Can't Decide Who To Root For When Arizona Plays LSU (VIDEO)

Shareef Picked Arizona ... But I Still Can't Root Against LSU

Shaq's kid might now belong to Arizona, but it's clear the Diesel's heart could still belong to LSU, 'cause he refused to answer who he'd root for if the two school's happen to play each other.… READ MORE >

- 26 days ago
Shareef O'Neal Makes College Hoops Decision, Commits To Arizona Wildcats

Shareef O'Neal
Commits To University of Arizona

Sorry, LSU fans ... Shaq's son, Shareef O'Neal, has verbally committed to play college hoops for the Arizona Wildcats ... his AAU team announced Wednesday. The 6'8" junior is a 5-star recruit… READ MORE >

- 39 days ago
Lindsay Kay Hayward Thought of Fellow Giant Shaq During Ambulance Ride (VIDEO + PHOTO)

Lindsay Kay Hayward
I Thought of Shaq During My Ambulance Ride

Lindsay Kay Hayward had one specific person in mind during her ambulance ride to the hospital after a health scare ... fellow giant Shaquille O'Neal! We got the "My Giant Life" star and 6'9" pro… READ MORE >

- 78 days ago
Big Show Says If Shaq's a No-Show at Wrestlemania ... No Big Deal (VIDEO)

Big Show
No Big Deal If Shaq's a Big No-Show ... For Wrestlemania Fight

Big Show's not sweating whether Shaq will show up to Wrestlemania or not ... 'cause he's planning to be there with or without him. We got the WWE legend at LAX, where he put the ball in Shaq's… READ MORE >

- 84 days ago
Shaq Says JaVale McGee Beef Is Over 'I'll Never Say His Name Again' (VIDEO)

JaVale McGee Beef Is Over 'I'll Never Say His Name Again'

Shaq says the beef between him and JaVale McGee is 100% OVER ... vowing to never, ever, ever even mention McGee's name publicly again. The Diesel made the declaration on Thursday night's episode… READ MORE >

- 86 days ago
The Miz on Big Show vs. Shaq ... Big Show Would Never Back Out (VIDEO)

The Miz
On Big Show vs. Shaq: Big Show Would Never Back Out

If the Shaq vs. Big Show supermatch at WrestleMania falls apart, The Miz says don't point the finger at Show. With Shaq saying things are not looking good behind the scenes, everyone wants to… READ MORE >

- 87 days ago
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