Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player and former rapper who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.
Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court.
Rapping is "spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics".
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Listed at 7 ft 1 in tall and weighing 325 pounds, he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA.
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O'Neal played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career.
Following his career at Louisiana State University, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.
Louisiana State University is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The 1992 NBA draft took place on June 24, 1992, in Portland, Oregon.
He quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and later leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals.
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association played between the Western and Eastern champions of the Conference Finals.
After four years with the Magic, O'Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In professional sports, a free agent is a player who is eligible to sign with any club or franchise; i.e., not under contract to any specific team.
They won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006.
Midway through the 2007–2008 season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns.
After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O'Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009–10 season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, also known as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio.
O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before retiring.
O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections.
The NBA All-Defensive Team is an annual National Basketball Association honor given since the 1968–69 NBA season to the best defensive players during the regular season.
He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year ; the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
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He ranks 7th all-time in points scored, 5th in field goals, 13th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks.
Largely due to his ability to dunk the basketball, O'Neal also ranks 3rd all-time in field goal percentage.
O'Neal was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum.
Shaq Diesel is the debut album by professional basketball player and rapper, Shaquille O'Neal, released on October 26, 1993 through Jive Records.
He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs..
Shaq's Big Challenge is a reality television show hosted by Shaquille O'Neal that debuted on ABC with its first episode on June 26, 2007, and concluded its first season on July 31, 2007.
Shaq Vs. is an American reality television show produced for ABC by d*ck Clark Productions and Media Rights Capital starring American basketball star Shaquille O'Neal.
He currently hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq.