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Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (pronounced "sha-KElL") (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant centers in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Following the 2008-2009 season he was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he joined LeBron James. Following a single season in Cleveland, he signed with the Boston Celtics for whom he will play in 2010-2011. He previously played with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat. O'Neal has been on four NBA Championship teams, most recently in 2006, with the Miami Heat. At 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m), 325 lb (148 kg) and U.S. shoe size 23, he is famous for his physical stature. He has several nicknames, such as "The Diesel", "The Big Aristotle", "The Big Daddy", "Wilt Chamberneezy" (given to him by Kobe Bryant), "The Big Baryshnikov", "The Real Deal", "The 8th Wonder", "M.D.E (Most Dominant Ever)", "L.C.L." (Last Center Left), "Superman", "The Big Rouge", and most recently after earning his MBA, "Doctor Shaq".
On June 1, 2011, O'Neal, one of the most dominant big men in NBA history, announced his retirement via social media. On a short tape on Twitter, he tweeted, “We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first. I’m about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.”
O'Neal first gained national attention as a star at a Robert G. Cole Junior-Senior High School in San Antonio, Texas. He lead his high school team to a 68-1 record during his two years there and helping the team win the state title his senior year.¹
As a Laker during the 1999-2000 season, Shaq was chosen as the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Below are his stats.
Stats For Shaquille O'Neal's 1999-2000 MVP Season Year G MIN FGM/A 3PM/A FTM/A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS 99-00 TOT 79 3,163 956/1665 0/1 432/824 336 742 1078 299 36 239 223 255 2344 Year G MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG 99-00 AVG 79 40.0 57.4 0.0 52.4 4.3 9.4 13.6 3.8 0.5 3.0 2.8 3.2 29.7
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