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Shaquille O’Neal

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A big centre who stood at 7’1 and weighed 335 pounds, Shaquille O’Neal was one of the dominant players in the NBA during his 19 year NBA career. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, O’Neal attended and played basketball for Louisiana State University. While playing for the Tigers, O’Neal was a 2 time All American, a 2 time SEC Player of The Year and was the recipient of the 1991 Adolph Rupp Trophy as the NCAA men’s basketball player of the year. Following O’Neal’s outstanding collage career, he was drafted 1st overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. O’Neal made an immediate impact as a rookie with the Magic, averaging 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game and won the 1993 NBA Rookie of The Year Award. During the 1994-95 season, O’Neal led the NBA in scoring averaging 29.3 points per game. After an injury plagued 1995-96 season, O’Neal left the Magic as a free agent and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. During O’Neal’s tenure with the Lakers, the team won 3 straight NBA Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. O’Neal was the NBA Finals MVP for all 3 of those titles. In addition to winning championships with the Lakers, O’Neal led the NBA in scoring for the 2nd time in his career and was the NBA’s MVP in 2000. Traded to the Miami Heat in the 2004 off-season, O’Neal won his 4th NBA Championship with the Heat in 2006. O’Neal would also have stints with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics before retiring in 2011. Throughout his legendary career, O’Neal appeared in 15 NBA All-Star games, while being the game’s MVP in 2000, 2004 and 2009.

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