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50 Super Interesting Facts About Shaquille O’Neal (and 10 Most Inspirational Quotes By Him)

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50 interesting facts about Shaquille O’Neal. Here they are:

  1. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 6, 1972.
  2. He is 7 feet 1 inch (2.16 metres) tall and weighs 315 pounds (143 kg).
  3. He was already 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 metres) tall at age 10 and 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 metres) tall at age 13.
  4. He suffers from Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease, which made it difficult to play basketball.
  5. His nickname, Shaq, was actually taken from Charles Shackleford, who was a basketball player for North Carolina State.
  6. He attended Louisiana State University (LSU), where he played basketball and was named the NCAA Player of the Year in 1991.
  7. He left college early to play in the NBA, but he finished his studies and earned a degree from LSU in 2000.
  8. He also earned a doctoral degree in education with a capstone topic on “The Duality of Humor and Aggression in Leadership Styles” in 2012.
  9. He was the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic.
  10. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1992–93, leading the Magic to a 41–41 record, 20 wins better than the previous season.
  11. He won the scoring title and led Orlando to the finals against the Houston Rockets in 1995, but lost in four games.
  12. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal in 1996.
  13. He joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, where he teamed up with Kobe Bryant.
  14. He became the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2000 under coach Phil Jackson.
  15. He led the Lakers to championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002, capturing the finals MVP award each year.
  16. He was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004 after years of feuding with Bryant.
  17. He won his fourth championship with the Heat in 2006 alongside Dwyane Wade.
  18. He played for four more teams (Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic) before retiring in 2011.
  19. He attempted only 22 three-pointers in his NBA career and only made one of them.
  20. He owns 155 Five Guys franchises, over 10% of all the Five Guys in existence.
  21. He is an honorary U.S. Marshall, a reserve officer, and a Sheriff’s Deputy in Georgia.
  22. He trained with the police officers in LA and was named US Deputy Marshal in May of 2005.
  23. He has a passion for law enforcement and has said he wants to run for sheriff someday.
  24. He is a huge WWE fan and has made multiple appearances on WWE RAW.
  25. He had a confrontation with the Big Show on WWE RAW and there were rumors about him officially joining WWE, but it never came true.
  26. He has released four rap albums: Shaq Diesel (1993), Shaq-Fu: Da Return (1994), You Can’t Stop The Reign (1996), and Respect (1998).
  27. He has appeared in several movies, such as Blue Chips (1994), Kazaam (1996), Steel (1997), and Scary Movie 4 (2006).
  28. He has also starred in his own reality TV shows, such as Shaq’s Big Challenge (2007), Shaq Vs. (2009–2010), and Shaq Life (2020).
  29. He has a tattoo of Superman’s logo on his left arm and a tattoo of a bulldog on his right arm.
  30. He has a shoe size of 22.
  31. He has four children with his ex-wife Shaunie Nelson: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah.
  32. He also has a daughter named Taahirah from a previous relationship with Arnetta Yardbourgh.
  33. He is a Muslim and has said that he plans to go on Hajj someday.
  34. He is a Freemason and a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.
  35. He is an avid collector of cars and motorcycles and owns several luxury vehicles.
  36. He has endorsed many products and brands, such as Pepsi, Reebok, Icy Hot, The General, Papa John’s, and Krispy Kreme.
  37. He has invested in various businesses and ventures, such as Google, Apple, Ring, Carnival Cruise Line, NRG Esports, and Loyalty Live.
  38. He is a co-owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA team.
  39. He is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT along with Ernie Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley.
  40. He is known for his humorous and playful personality and often makes jokes and pranks on his colleagues and fans.
  41. He has a phobia of sharks and refused to swim in the ocean during his vacation in the Bahamas.
  42. He has a habit of biting his nails and once had acrylic nails put on to stop him from doing so.
  43. He has a Superman bed that is 15 feet long and 30 feet wide.
  44. He once broke a backboard during a game with his powerful dunk and caused the game to be delayed for 30 minutes.
  45. He once paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Louisiana.
  46. He once bought 3,000 toys for underprivileged children in Atlanta for Christmas.
  47. He once challenged Hakeem Olajuwon to a one-on-one game for charity but Olajuwon declined.
  48. He once appeared on an episode of Sesame Street and taught Elmo about the word “sturdy”
  49. He has a Superman bed that is 15 feet long and 30 feet wide.
  50. He is a Freemason and a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.

Top 10 Most Inspirational Quotes From Shaquille O’Neal

Here are some inspirational quotes from Shaquille O’Neal, a retired American basketball player, entrepreneur, and television host:

  1. “Excellence is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”
  2. “The only person who can really motivate you is you.”
  3. “I don’t believe in pressure. Pressure is when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from.”
  4. “I’m very educated and can give you somewhat of a vocabulary, but I don’t get to the philosophical side.”
  5. “I know how to turn the bad into good always.”
  6. “My secret? See it, and stay focused on it.”
  7. “We want to win. We want to win big. We want to win the whole thing.”
  8. “I’m a combination of the Terminator and Bambi.”
  9. “When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous.”
  10. “My motto is very simple. Win a Ring for the King.

What is Shaquille O’Neal’s Net Worth

According to various sources, Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth is estimated to be around $400 million. He earned most of his money from his NBA contracts and post-career business endeavors. He is one of the richest and most successful basketball players of all time.

How Does Shaquille O’Neal Spending His Money?

Shaquille O’Neal has spent his money on various things, such as:

  • Cars: Shaq loves cars and has a huge collection of them, including Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini, Ford F-150, and more. He once spent $9 million on cars in a day when he first came to LA.
  • Homes: Shaq owns several properties across the US, including a 31,000-square-foot mansion in Florida, a 14-acre estate in Georgia, and a penthouse in Los Angeles. He also pays mortgages for some of his homes.
  • Businesses: Shaq is a savvy investor and entrepreneur who has stakes in various businesses, such as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Papa John’s Pizza, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 24 Hour Fitness, and more. He also owns restaurants, gyms, car washes, and a movie theater.
  • Charity: Shaq is a generous philanthropist who has donated money and time to various causes, such as education, health care, sports, and disaster relief. He also bought a home for a paralyzed 12-year-old boy who was a victim of gun violence.
  • Fun: Shaq likes to have fun with his money and spend it on things that make him happy, such as jewelry, clothes, shoes, video games, music equipment, and more. He also likes to spoil his family and friends with gifts and parties.

Shaq has a simple rule for managing his money: he saves and invests 75% of his income and lives off the remaining 25%. He also says that he only invests in things that he believes in and that money is not his main motivation.

What are some of the challenges Shaquille O’Neal faced with his money?

  • Taxes: Shaq learned the hard way that he had to pay a lot of taxes on his income, especially when he moved to California. He once spent $9 million on cars in a day, only to realize that he had to pay 50% of his salary in taxes. He said that he was very upset with himself and that he had to learn how to budget and save.
  • Impulse spending: Shaq admitted that he was a big spender when he was young and that he liked to buy things that he didn’t need. He said that he once spent $70,000 on a Mercedes Benz without even knowing how to drive. He also bought expensive gifts for his family and friends, such as cars, jewelry, and houses. He said that he had to learn how to be more disciplined and smart with his money.
  • Bad investments: Shaq said that he made some bad investments in the past, such as buying a building that turned out to be a crack house. He also said that he lost a lot of money in the stock market crash of 2008. He said that he had to learn how to do his research and invest in things that he understood and believed in.
  • Scams: Shaq said that he was scammed by some people who took advantage of his fame and trust. He said that he once gave $300,000 to a friend who claimed to have a business idea, but never heard from him again. He also said that he was sued by some people who tried to get money from him by making false accusations. He said that he had to learn how to be more careful and protect himself legally

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