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Shaquille O’Neal Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born March 6, 1972; Shaq went on to become one of the most dominant players in NBA history, helping his teams win NBA championships and Olympic Gold. Shaq has been an athlete, actor and musician. He attended Cole High School in San Antonia, Texas. Shaq, standing seven feet and 315 pounds, is arguably one of the most dominant players in NBA history. At Louisiana State he was named 1991 College Player of the Year and a unanimous first team and All American in both 1991 and 1992. He would drop out of college in 1992 to pursue his career in the NBA.
The Orlando Magic drafted him with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. In Shaq’s rookie season he was with the Orlando Magic, he finished in the top ten in scoring, rebounding, blocks and shooting percentage. Shaq would fail at the free throw line though. This is why other NBA centers would just foul him instead of letting him have an easy shot. This became known as “Hack-a-Shack”. He became the first player in NBA history to earn player of the week in only his first week in the league. He would be with the Orlando Magic from 1992 to 1996.
Shaquille O’Neal, with the Los Angeles Lakers, would be one of his most set destinations over his career. After Shaquille became a free agent in the 95-96 seasons he would sign onto the Lakers roster for a seven year, $121 million dollar contract. He insisted he did not join the Lakers for the money. He wanted to join so he could, “drink Pepsi and wear Reebok”. He just wanted to play the game! With the tandem of O’Neal and teenage superstar Kobe Bryant, expectations for the Lakers were high. In 1999 the Lakers would acquire Phil Jackson. Jackson would invent the “triangle offense” the Lakers would have tremendous success. In 2000, 2001, and 2002 the Lakers would win consecutive…...

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