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Shaquille O'Neal

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.

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Shaq Starts 'Barkley Sucks' Chant During DJ Gig

Shaq
Starts 'Barkley Sucks' Chant ... During DJ Gig

Shaquille O'Neal got an ENTIRE nightclub to chant "Barkley Sucks" during a DJ gig in D.C. -- and the trolling didn't stop there!  Shaq was performing at Echostage as DJ Diesel -- when he… READ MORE >

LeBron James Will Win Championship With Lakers, Says John Salley

LeBron James
Will Beat Warriors, Win Championship ... Says John Salley

Plan the parade ... with LeBron James in L.A., the Lakers are takin' down the Warriors and winning a ring ... so says 4x NBA champ John Salley. Salley knows how to win -- he won 4 'ships… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
NBA Star Clint Capela Says LeBron James Ain't An L.A. Legend Yet

NBA Star Clint Capela
LeBron's Not A Los Angeles Legend ... Yet

Simply committing to the Lakers as one of the greatest basketball players of all time does NOT mean LeBron James is already an L.A. legend -- so says NBA star Clint Capela. We got the Houston… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
Charles Barkley Gives Worst Possible Right Answer On 'Family Feud'

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If your fly was open at church, what would you use to cover it up?!  Guarantee your answer is BETTER than the one Charles Barkley gave on "Celebrity Family Feud"! Chuck -- along with his… READ MORE >

- 33 days ago
Cardi B Inspires Shaquille O'Neal's MUCH Needed Pedicure

Cardi B
Shaq's Jacked Up Toes Got Glitter!!! I Like Them Like That

Shaquille O'Neal's flossy toes are now Cardi B approved ... but they're still soooo messed up. The NBA Hall of Famer's legendarily bad feet got some MUCH needed TLC Wednesday at a mani-pedi spa --… READ MORE >

- 36 days ago
Derek Fisher Ponders If Kobe Will Get Invited to His Wedding

Derek Fisher
Will Kobe Be at My Wedding? Well, Here's the Thing ...

Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were teammates for 13 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, so when Fisher gets hitched to "Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan ... Mamba HAS to be there… READ MORE >

- 42 days ago
Yoel Romero Calls Out Shaq, I'd Beat Your Big Ass!

Yoel Romero
Calls Out Shaq ... I'd Beat Your Big Ass!

UFC superstar Yoel Romero has a big rematch with Robert Whittaker this weekend ... but there's a MUCH bigger opponent he's already got his sights on -- SHAQ!! TMZ Sports started asking… READ MORE >

- 44 days ago
Shaunie O'Neal Says No To Gloria Govan & Derek Fisher's Wedding

Shaunie O'Neal
Gloria Govan & Derek Fisher's Wedding? IT'S A NO FOR ME

Seems there's only one way Shaunie O'Neal would attend Gloria Govan & Derek Fisher's wedding ... OVER HER DEAD BODY ... telling TMZ Sports that's one party she ain't down for. Derek &… READ MORE >

- 48 days ago
Lance Bass Says Shaq Helped Launch 'NSYNC, Seriously!

Lance Bass
Shaq Helped Launch 'NSYNC ... Seriously!

Who was one of the key people who helped get 'NSYNC off the ground?? IT'S GOTTA BE SHAQ!! It's true ... according to Lance Bass who tells TMZ Sports the supergroup owes a lot of its early success… READ MORE >

- 61 days ago
Shaquille O'Neal Says He Held Back From Beating Oscar De La Hoya's Ass

Shaq
I Could've Beaten De La Hoya's Ass ... 'I Held Back'

The Golden Boy ain't gonna like this ... Shaq says he gave Oscar De La Hoya a pass when the two men fought back in 2009 ... telling TMZ Sports he "held back" on ODLH because he didn't REALLY want… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
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