Shaquille O'Neal

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Basketball player
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
Player information
Full name Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal
Nickname Shaq, Diesel, The Big Aristotle,
Superman, Shaq Fu, Shaq Daddy
birthday 6th March 1972 (age 48)
place of birth Newark , New Jersey , United States
size 216 cm
Weight 147 kg
position center
college Louisiana State
NBA draft 1992 , 1st pick , Orlando Magic
Jersey number 32, 34, 33, 36
Clubs as active
1992-1996 United StatesUnited States Orlando Magic
1996-2004 United StatesUnited States Los Angeles Lakers
2004-2008 United StatesUnited States Miami Heat
2008-2009 United StatesUnited States Phoenix Suns
2009-2010 United StatesUnited States Cleveland Cavaliers
2010-2011 United StatesUnited States Boston Celtics
National team
1994-1996 United StatesUnited States United States 16 games

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal [ ʃəˈkɪl rəˈʃɔːn əʊˈniːl ] (born March 6, 1972 in Newark , New Jersey ), nickname Shaq , is a retired American basketball player , actor and rapper . He was active in the North American professional league NBA from 1992 to 2011 and is now considered one of the most dominant players in league history.

In his 19-year professional career he was, among other things, 4 × NBA champion, 15 × all-star , once Most Valuable Player (MVP) and led the league twice in points. In 2016, O'Neal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


Start time

O'Neal's stepfather was stationed as a sergeant in the US Army for several years in Wildflecken ( military training area in Bavaria), so O'Neal grew up partly in Germany and went to school in Fulda . He himself describes this time in Germany as formative. In 1987 the family moved to San Antonio , where O'Neal became the star of Cole High School. His team lost just one game in 69 games.

Two years later he began studying at Louisiana State University . Within a short time, O'Neal became the standout college league player. Although he set several records, despite his dominant style of play, he could not prevent his team from being eliminated early in the fight for the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship .

In his third year of college as a junior , he decided to drop out early. Following a promise made to his mother, he made up his degree in economics at LSU in 2000. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and a PhD in Education from Barry University in 2012 .


Orlando Magic (1992-1996)

In the 1992 NBA Draft , O'Neal was selected first. He began his professional career with the Orlando Magic . In his second season he was able to set two personal records in one game, which are still in place today. He picked up 28 rebounds on November 20, 1993 and recorded 15 blocks in a game against the New Jersey Nets . Right from the start he was one of the best players in the NBA and was consequently selected for the 1993 All-Star Game . An honor that has been given to him every year since then, with the exception of 1999 , in which no All-Star game was played, until the 2005/06 NBA season .

With the Lakers, "Shaq" had his most successful time in the NBA

Already in 1995 he was in the finals of the NBA with the young Magic team, but lost to the experienced Houston Rockets . On the way to the final, the Magic beat the Chicago Bulls to Michael Jordan , which was interpreted by many as a change of power in the NBA. But Jordan struck back the following year, and instead of the Magic, the Bulls moved into the NBA finals.

Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004)

Surprisingly, O'Neal moved to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996 , presumably because of internal quarrels with teammate Penny Hardaway . Although the Lakers reached the playoffs every year, but these ended repeatedly disappointing for the club. In 2000, the Lakers brought in the Bulls' successful coach, Phil Jackson , and with him came the titles.

Between 2000 and 2002, the Lakers won three championship titles, and O'Neal was awarded the title of Finals MVP (Most Valuable Player of the Final Series). After Michael Jordan, he is only the second player to achieve this. In the 1999/2000 season he was almost unanimously voted MVP (Most Valuable Player), in 2000 (together with Tim Duncan ), 2004 and 2009 (together with Kobe Bryant ) as the best player in the NBA All-Star Games . He was also called up eight times to the All-NBA-First-Team , twice to the All-NBA-Second-Team, four times to the All-NBA-Third-Team and three times to the All-NBA-Defensive-Second-Team . In 1996 he was voted one of the 50 best NBA players of all time .

Miami Heat (2004-2008)

With Kobe Bryant, O'Neal formed a successful duo that was considered invincible for a long time, but after the 2004 final defeat by the Detroit Pistons , he asked the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers for permission to leave the club. Shortly thereafter, he was transferred to the Miami Heat in exchange for three players ( Caron Butler , Lamar Odom , Brian Grant ) and a first-round draft pick in 2005 .

There he formed together with Dwyane Wade again a congenial duo, with whom he won his fourth NBA championship in the 2005/06 season . The first half of the 2007/08 season was extremely disappointing for the Heat, they were last in the Eastern Conference with no prospects of reaching the playoffs.

In his final NBA years, O'Neal was active for the Phoenix Suns, among others

Later professional years (2008-2011)

In order to get the Heat back on the road to success, an exchange deal was agreed with the Phoenix Suns on February 6, 2008 ; So Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks were signed, in return the Suns got O'Neal, who should strengthen the team in Phoenix, especially on the defensive.

On June 25, 2009, O'Neal was transferred to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ben Wallace , Sasha Pavlović and a second-round pick in the 2010 NBA draft .

O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010-11 season . On June 1, 2011, he announced his retirement with a video on Twitter after missing a large part of the games due to injuries.

After retirement

In the summer of 2011, several gang members were alleged that Shaq had commissioned three murders, injuring an NBA player, and kidnapping. The court dropped the allegations in August due to strong doubts about the credibility of lead witness Robert Ross, a former acquaintance of O'Neal.

Since July 2011, O'Neal has been working as a TV expert for the US television channel TNT and the NBA. He also comments on current events in and around the NBA in a blog.

In April 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers also honored him by withdrawing his jersey number and therefore no longer being awarded. A large jersey with his name and number was also placed in the hall next to the other withdrawn jerseys.

On September 10, 2016, O'Neal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Yao Ming and Allen Iverson . A little later on December 22, 2016, the Miami Heat also withdrew their shirt number 32 during the half-time break in their home game against the LA Lakers after the club had already announced on February 26, 2016 that it would no longer use shirt number 32 in the future. This makes him one of only 32 American athletes whose jersey number has been withdrawn by several clubs.

Style of play

O'Neal right shoe

With his height of 2.16 meters, a shoe size of 22/23 US size (corresponds approximately to a continental European size 60) and a weight of about 150 kg, he is characterized by extraordinary strength, but also mobility in the low post . For years he was considered the best player in the center position. By the 2007/08 season he had an average of 25.2 points per game and averaged 11.5 rebounds .

The great weakness of O'Neal were throws from a greater distance. He has only tried 22 three-point throws in 1,423 season and playoff games , of which he only scored one, and was also able to convert just over 50% of his free throws . In order to take advantage of this weakness in free throwing and to stop O'Neal under the basket, Don Nelson developed the Hack-a-Shaq tactic, in which O'Neal was deliberately and deliberately fouled. On December 25, 2008, in the game against San Antonio, he reached a mark with his free throw weakness that only Wilt Chamberlain had achieved before him : 5,000 discarded free throws. Throughout his career, he had 5,317 missed throws from the free-throw line in the regular season , while old master Wilt Chamberlain had 5,805 missed throws.

Activity off the field

O'Neal during NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix (2009)

O'Neal also worked as a rapper and went into the studio with Westside Connection , RZA and Method Man as well as the Fu-Schnickens . The track “How You Like That (Ja, Ja, Ja)” was created in collaboration with DJ Tomekk , but his greatest success was his first album “Shaq Diesel”. The record sold over a million copies in the United States alone. Altogether he came on four albums, on which artists like Rakim , Jay-Z , The Notorious BIG (with him he produced his second album and also released his most successful single, "You Can't Stop the Reign") have immortalized themselves. In addition, O'Neal tried himself as an actor. In 1996 he played the role of a rapping genie in the not very successful film Kazaam , who made wishes come true for a little boy. In addition, O'Neal made a guest appearance on July 27, 2009 at World Wrestling Entertainment .

O'Neil does not attribute himself to any religion. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Freemasons Association , his lodge , Widow's Son Lodge No. 28 , is based in Boston .

For the soundtrack of his film Steel Man he recorded the single Men of Steel in 1997 , in which the hip-hop legends KRS-One , Ice Cube and B-Real from Cypress Hill participated.

Since 2011 Shaqtin a Fool integral part of TNT telecast Inside the NBA . In this segment prepared by O'Neal, particularly embarrassing situations from everyday life in the NBA are presented on a weekly basis. Other regular participants on the show are Charles Barkley , Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson .

On April 3, 2016, he took part in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 32 . There he was allowed to eliminate the wrestler Damien Sandow , but was later eliminated himself by the other wrestlers in the ring.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1993 Shaq Diesel US25 (30 weeks)
First published: October 26, 1993
1994 Shaq Fu: There return US67 (10 weeks)
First published: November 8, 1994
1996 You can't stop the reign US82 (6 weeks)
First published: November 19, 1996
1998 Respect US58 (5 weeks)
First published: September 15, 1998


year title Remarks
1996 The best of First published: November 12, 1996
2006 Shoot Pass Slam! First published: September 12, 2006


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1993 What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)
Shaq Diesel / Nervous Breakdown
- - US39 (17 weeks)
First published: June 8th, 1993
with Fu-Schnickens
(I Know I Got) Skillz
Shaq Diesel
- - US35 (20 weeks)
First published: September 7, 1993
I'm Outstanding
Shaq Diesel
- UK70 (2 weeks)
US47 (11 weeks)
First published: November 10, 1993
1994 Biological Didn't Bother
Shaq Fu: Da Return
- - US78 (11 weeks)
First published: October 17, 1994
1996 You Can't Stop the Reign
You Can't Stop the Reign
- UK40 (2 weeks)
First published: October 20, 1996
feat. The Notorious BIG
1997 Men of Steel
Steel Man (OST)
- - US82 (7 weeks)
First published: July 29, 1997
with Ice Cube , B-Real , KRS-One & Peter Gunz
1998 The Way It's Goin 'Down
- UK62 (2 weeks)
First release: July 3rd, 1998
feat. Peter Gunz
2001 That's How I Beat Shaq
Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)
- - US96 (2 weeks)
First published: February 6, 2001
with Aaron Carter
How You Like That
Beat of Life Vol.1
DE68 (5 weeks)
- -
First published: November 5th, 2001
with DJ Tomekk

More singles

Filmography (selection)

Awards and records

A Full Look at Shaquille O'Neal's NBA Career Stats:

Awards and Achievements

Personal NBA records


  • Sven Simon: The Dominator and the apprentices. In: Five 12, 2004.
  • Shaquille O'Neal: Shaq Talks Back. St. Martin's Paperback, April 2001 (Chapter 13 - February 2002) ISBN 0-312-98259-3 .

See also

Web links

Commons : Shaquille O'Neal  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. - All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster // O ( Memento from January 6, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  2. All-Time #NBArank: Shaq comes in at No. February 9, 2016, accessed April 21, 2020 .
  3. CBS Sports' 50 greatest NBA players of all time: Where do LeBron, Curry rank? Retrieved April 21, 2020 (English).
  4. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Shaquille O'Neal. Retrieved April 21, 2020 (English).
  5. DIE ZEIT, 34/2001, As a child I lived in Wiesbaden, in Wildflecken and Fulda ... , online version accessed January 5, 2009
  6. Crossover-Online, August 26, 2007, Back in Time: The Best Franchise Players of All Time (5) ( Memento of December 25, 2011 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on January 5, 2009
  7. ^ Mary Foster: Shaquille O'Neal Graduates From College. On: American Broadcasting Corporation website; Burbank, CA, December 15 (2000). Accessed December 1, 2018 (in English).
  8. ^ NN: The Big Graduate: O'Neal Receives His MBA. On: Washington Post website; Washington, DC, June 26, 2005. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  9. Lateef Mungin: Shaquille O'Neal to receive doctorate degree. On: Cable News Network website; Atlanta, GA, May 5, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2018 (in English).
  10. NBA : Shaquille O'Neal career statistics ( July 19, 2010 memento in the Internet Archive )
  11. Full-Throttle, Aristotle! Cleveland Cavaliers, June 25, 2009; archived from the original on December 15, 2009 ; accessed on June 25, 2009 .
  12. @SHAQ: in the retiring video . Twitter. June 1, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2016. Shaq ooout. (Video)
  13. NBA - Incredible allegations against "Shaq-Attack" . Yahoo! Eurosport. July 17, 2011. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved on April 24, 2016.
  14. Shaq Sex Tape: Kidnapping, Assault & Robbery Charges Dropped . August 9, 2011. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved on April 24, 2016.
  15. ^ STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft mbH: O'Neal, Iverson and Yao in the Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 13, 2016 .
  16. Heat honor Shaq in a grand ceremony. In: Sport1 Medien , December 23, 2016, accessed on December 23, 2016 .
  17. ^ Shaq and 31 more athletes with numbers retired by multiple teams. In: 21st Century Fox , February 22, 2016, accessed December 23, 2016 .
  18. a b c Statistics from Shaquille O'Neal on ( Memento from July 19, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  19. ^ NESN : Shaquille O'Neal once made a three-pointer
  20. "God's way of saying: Nobody is perfect" | US Sports | NBA . December 26, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  21. Shaquille O'Neal Muslim article from January 11, 2003 on the homepage of the Los Angeles Times (accessed November 16, 2012)
  22. Shaqtin a Fool on
  23. a b Chart sources: DE UK US
  24. NBA : Shaquille O'Neal Career Stats ( July 19, 2010 memento in the Internet Archive )
  25. Basketball Reference : NBA MVP Voting 1999/2000
  26. Hall of Fame: Shaquille O'Neal (English)
  27. Dream Team, Shaq and Kukoc headline 2017 Class of FIBA ​​Hall of Fame Inductees (English)
  28. Shaquille O'Neal: Miami Heat Retiring My No. 32 'Really Unexpected' article from December 22, 2016