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10 Interesting Facts About Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal talking strategy to Kobe Bryant

1. Shaq’s father is a man by the name of Joseph Toney. Toney was skilled in the game of basketball as Seton Hall had offered him a scholarship early in his career. Another side of Toney is the drug addiction that he had. Because of this addiction, he was in jail for the possession of drugs when Shaq was very young. This led to him and Shaq having no relationship with each other, as they have never even talked to each other before

2. On November 10th, 1999, O’Neal and Charles Barkley were both ejected in a regular season game when O’Neal shoved Barkley, and then Barkley responded by throwing the ball at O’Neal

3. O’Neal chose to wear the #33 in college at LSU because he scored a lot of his points by the hook shot, and Kareem Adbul-Jabbar is the master this shot, and he wore the #33. In the NBA he wanted to wear 33 but it was taken, so he resorted to 32

4. The first player to win Player of the Week in their first week of the NBA is Shaq

5. There is a statue of Shaq dunking at the college he attended, Louisiana State University. It is made of bronze and it weighs 900 pounds!

6. In his second year in the NBA, he was already leading in field goal percentage at 60%, and was second in scoring in the league as well with 29.4 PPG. The only player scoring more than him was David Robinson

7. By 1996, tensions had arose between Shaq and his Orlando Magic team. He had troubles with the media, because of there criticism that they gave to his personal life, which was having a child with his girlfriend, and not planning about marriage. Hardaway also did not want any body getting paid more than him, so this led to tension as well

8. When Shaq came to Cleveland for the 2009-2010 season he had a motto upon arriving. This motto was “Win a Ring for the King”. Of course he was referring to LeBron James with this statement, and unfortunately they were unable to live to this motto

9. The shoe size of Shaquille is size 23!

10. Off the court Shaq has been involved in many many different areas as well. Some of these areas include Law enforcement, music, acting, video games, television, advertising, wrestling, business, and more

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