Shaquille O'Neal

Professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed "Shaq", is an American retired basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft 1 in tall and weighing 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA. Throughout his 19-year career, O'Neal used his size and strength to overpower opponents for points and rebounds.
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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Lessons learned from the All-Star draft - ESPN
Google News - 28 days
ESPN Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Lessons learned from the All-Star draft ESPN Would LeBron James draft Shaquille O'Neal for his fantasy team if he were still in the league? Would you? Phil Masturzo/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire. Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Email; comment. 5:26 AM PT. Andre SnellingsESPN. Facebook ... The NBA planned to televise the All-Star draft, but the NBPA says players couldn't come to an agreementSB Nation LeBron James wanted All-Star draft televised, but not all concurredABC News The NBA All-Star draft wasn't televised because players didn't want their feelings hurtYahoo Sports Bleacher Report -Sporting News -CBSSports.com -For The Win all 242 news articles »
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TNT's Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley can't stop laughing about Clippers-Rockets clash
LATimes - about 1 month
Members of the Houston Rockets might have been dead serious when they tried to confront some Clippers players following the teams’ game Monday at Staples Center, but TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal found more than a little humor in the situation. Here’s how Clippers reporter Broderick...
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TNT Analysts Mocking UCLA Player's Arrest Is Not A Good Look
Huffington Post - 3 months
Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith pile on the jokes.
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In the Elevator With Shaq
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
WSJ's Joanna Stern "bumps" into NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal in the WSJ elevator, gets financial tips, asks him about rings and Kazaam 2. Photo: Jeff Bush/The Wall Street Journal
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Shaquille O'Neal horrifies viewers with bare foot
Fox News - 9 months
Shaquille O'Neal horrified fans when he removed his sock and shoe to expose his bare foot during TNT’s halftime report of Thursday’s Cavs-Celtics Game 5. Host Ernie Johnson was in the middle of asking the athlete a question when suddenly Shaq exclaimed, "Check out at those claws."
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Dana White: Conor McGregor side done, working on Floyd Mayweather
ABC News - 9 months
UFC president Dana White chose an unorthodox place to announce that one side of the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight has been solidified.? Appearing on TNT's postgame wrap-up of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night, White was asked by Shaquille O'Neal whether the fight will happen. "The McGregor side is done," White said. "I'm starting to work on the Mayweather side now. "I'm not saying the fight will happen, but I've got one side done, now it's time to work on the other. If we can come to a deal with [Mayweather's adviser Al] Haymon and Mayweather, the fight's gonna happen." White added the much-anticipated bout would be "straight-up boxing." Earlier Wednesday, Mayweather said that he was awaiting information from White and McGregor. "I'm not here to throw anybody under the bus, [and] I can't sit here and say that they are waiting on us," Mayweather said in London. "I'm not saying that. And we're not waiting on them. ....
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Shaquille O'Neal announces his plan to run for sheriff in 2020
LATimes - 10 months
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal announced last week that he’s running for sheriff in 2020. The former Lakers great and current TNT basketball analyst told WXIA-TV Atlanta that he hasn’t decided where he will run for office just yet. He has homes in Georgia and Florida. But he does have a plan for when...
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Shaquille O'Neal To Pay For Funeral Of Boy Who Accidentally Shot Himself On Instagram
Huffington Post - 10 months
NBA great Shaquille O’Neal is doing what he can to help a grieving mother who found her son dead after he accidentally shot himself with a gun earlier this week.  Shaniqua Stephens was downstairs in the family’s home in Forest Park, Georgia, on Monday night when she heard a loud bang. She went upstairs and found her 13-year-old son, Malachi Hemphill, had accidentally shot himself while playing with a gun live on Instagram. Doctors later pronounced him dead. “He was my only son. He was only just 13. Just the thought of me seeing him on the floor will never leave my brain,” Stephens said. She has also said that she does not know how her son came to be in possession of the gun. O’Neal has offered to cover the funeral services for Hemphill’s family.  “No mother should have to go through this,” the Hall of Famer said, according to a statement provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I can only imagine the pain that she and all of Malachi’s family must be feeling. “...
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See Steph Curry and Shaquille O'Neal sing, dance and be generally delightful
LATimes - 11 months
Today in Entertainment: '1984' screens today nationwide; 'Scarlett & Emma & Tilda & Matt' whitewashing T-shirt goes viral' April 4, 2017, 12:40 p.m. Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:Comedy Central announces new late-night series starring Jordan Klepper'1984' in 2017:...
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Pressure's on teenager Christian Pulisic to produce for U.S. soccer team
LATimes - 11 months
Imagine a teenage Kobe Bryant, only without Shaquille O’Neal playing center for the Lakers. Or Julio Urias, with no Clayton Kershaw at the front of the Dodgers rotation. And, oh, by the way, it’s up to them to get their teams back into postseason series in which they trail by a couple of games. ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Probably Not Joining Next 'Lock Her Up!' Chant
The Huffington Post - 11 months
Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! Today is the Spring Equinox, or, as it’s known around Third Way’s offices, International Both Sides Day. James Comey confirmed the FBI has been investigating Russia’s ties to Trump associates, no doubt giving HIllary an edge going into the final days of the campaign. And Shaquille O’Neal says the Earth is flat. We look forward to the 2026 news cycle when House Republicans are constantly dodging questions about President Shaq’s previous unfounded comments about the Earth’s z-axis. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, March 20th, 2017: More...
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Shaq surprises dog attack victim
Fox News - 11 months
A young dog attack victim has made a miraculous recovery, and former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal wants to make sure she continues that progress.
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Karl-Anthony Towns Carves His Own Path As The Humble Superstar
Huffington Post - 12 months
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LA Lakers Purge Front Office As The Magic Johnson Era Commences
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Charles Barkley Will Never Be An 'Idiot On Twitter' Like Donald Trump
Yahoo News - about 1 year
If it’s not obvious by now, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal had a blast on Monday’s edition of Inside the NBA. After they presumably enraged women everywhere by discussing the “skeezers” of New Orleans and Miami, they shared a big laugh over one of Barkley’s latest political jokes. In setting up his delightfully-jingled “E.J.’s Neat-O Stat of the Night” segment, Ernie Johnson asked the Round Mound of Avoiding Social Media what it would take for him to finally get on Twitter.
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How Mexico's Horacio Llamas made history during eventful NBA career
ABC News - about 1 year
His NBA "career" consisted of 28 regular-season games. He played a grand total of 143 minutes. But? Horacio Llamas,?the first Mexican-born player to appear in an NBA game, did more than just become the answer to an obscure trivia question. The 6-foot-11 center experienced moments and gained memories that most basketball players could only dream about. Llamas ran the floor with a teenage Kobe Bryant, made his first start against his idol, Hakeem Olajuwon, felt the strength and scowl of Charles Barkley, bodied up on a 25-year-old Shaquille O'Neal and sank a game-winning basket off a bullet pass from Michael Jordan. Sure, it was more gig than occupation, but Llamas made the most of his cup of coffee with the NBA. Nearly 20 years after making history by stepping on the floor as a member of the Phoenix Suns, the 43-year-old from El Rosario, Sinaloa, is excited that the NBA is returning to his home country this.....
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shaquille O'Neal
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 43
    In April 2016, O'Neal participated in his first ever match, when he was a surprise celebrity entry in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32.
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    On February 26, 2016, Miami Heat announced that it will retire his No. 32 jersey during the 2016–17 season.
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    O'Neal was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 42
    In 2015, Shareef was seen in high school basketball highlights as a or freshman, and had been described to have "polar opposite playing style to his father".
    In September 2015 whilst promoting sportswear giant Reebok in South Korea, O'Neal joined the cast in the South Korean variety television show Off to School where he went to Seo Incheon High School.
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    In June 2015, O'Neal invested in technology startup Loyale3 Holdings Inc., a San Francisco brokerage firm whose website and mobile app enables companies to sell a piece of their IPOs directly to small investors who put up as a little as $100 and also allows investors to regularly buy small amounts of shares in already public companies.
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  • 2013
    Age 40
    In September 2013, O'Neal became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings.
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  • 2012
    Age 39
    In September 2012, O'Neal made a guest appearance on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact Wrestling program, where he had a backstage segment with Hulk Hogan.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    In summer 2010, O'Neal began dating reality TV star Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander.
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    Shaquille O'Neal conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra at the Boston Symphony Hall on December 20, 2010.
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    O'Neal was the third-ranked player all-time in free throws taken, having attempted 11,252 free-throws in 1,207 games up to and including the 2010–11 season.
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    Before 2010, he was the last active American player to have a gold from the FIBA World Championships.
    On August 28, 2010 at UFC 118 in Boston, O'Neal reiterated his desire to fight Choi in an interview.
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    O'Neal was also an unlockable character in UFC Undisputed 2010.
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    He was introduced by the Celtics on August 10, 2010, and chose the number 36.
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    On August 4, 2010, the Celtics announced that they had signed O'Neal.
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    He returned to the starting line-up in time for the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
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    On Friday, February 25, 2010 O'Neal suffered a severe right thumb injury while attempting to go up for a shot against Glen Davis of the Boston Celtics.
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  • 2009
    Age 36
    On June 25, 2009, O'Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Sasha Pavlovic, Ben Wallace, $500,000 and a 2010-second round draft pick.
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    The 2009 NBA Playoffs was also the first time since O'Neal's rookie season in 1992–93 that he did not participate in the playoffs.
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    In a matchup against Orlando on March 3, 2009, O'Neal was outscored by Magic center Dwight Howard, 21–19. "I'm really too old to be trying to outscore 18-year-olds", O'Neal said, referring to the then 23-year-old Howard. "It's not really my role anymore."
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    On February 27, 2009, O'Neal scored 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his 49th career 40-point game, beating the Toronto Raptors 133–113.
    He returned to the All-Star Game in 2009 and emerged as co-MVP along with ex-teammate Kobe Bryant.
  • 2008
    Age 35
    The 2008–09 season improved for O'Neal, who averaged 18 pts, 9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks through the first half (41 games) of the season, leading the Suns to a 23–18 record and 2nd place in their division.
    O'Neal made his Suns debut on February 20, 2008 against his former Lakers team, scoring 15 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the process.
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    The Phoenix Suns acquired O'Neal in February 2008 from the league-worst Miami Heat, who had a record at the time of the trade of 9-37, in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    On September 4, 2007, O'Neal filed for divorce from Shaunie in a Miami-Dade Circuit court. Shaunie later said that the couple had gotten back together and that the divorce was withdrawn. However, on November 10, 2009, Shaunie filed an intent to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
    O'Neal played 33 games for the Miami Heat in the 2007–08 season prior to being traded to the Phoenix Suns.
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    O'Neal experienced a rough start for the 2007–08 season, averaging career lows in points, rebounds and blocks.
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  • 2006
    Age 33
    In the 2006–07 season O'Neal reached 25,000 career points, becoming the 14th player in NBA history to accomplish that milestone.
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    In the 2006 NBA Playoffs, the Heat first faced the younger Chicago Bulls, and O'Neal delivered a dominating 27 point, 16 rebound and 5 blocks performance in game 1 followed by a 22-point effort in game 2 to help Miami take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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  • 2005
    Age 32
    Upon his trade to Miami, O'Neal began training to become a Miami Beach reserve officer. On December 8, 2005, he was sworn in, but elected for a private ceremony to avoid distracting attention from the other officers.
    O'Neal finished the 2005–06 season as the league leader in field goal percentage.
    During the 2005–06 season, the Heat recorded only a .500 record without O'Neal in the line-up.
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    In the second game of the 2005–06 season, O'Neal injured his right ankle and subsequently missed the following 18 games.
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    In August 2005, O'Neal signed a 5-year-extension with the Heat for $100 million.
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    When Hall of Fame center George Mikan died in June 2005, O'Neal, who considered Mikan to be a major influence, extended an offer to his family to pay all of the funeral expenses, which they accepted.
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  • 2004
    Age 31
    O'Neal also narrowly lost the 2004–05 MVP Award to Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash in one of the closest votes in NBA history.
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    With O'Neal on board, the new-look Heat surpassed expectations, claiming the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2004–05 with 59 wins.
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    On July 14, 2004, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, and a future first-round draft choice (who would turn into Jordan Farmar in the 2006 draft).
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    Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 30
    There had been increasing tension between O'Neal and Bryant, the feud climaxing on the eve of training camp prior to the 2003–2004 season when Kobe, in an interview with ESPN journalist Jim Gray, criticized Shaq for being out of shape, a poor leader, and putting his salary demands over the best interest of the Lakers.
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    At the beginning of the 2003–04 season, O'Neal wanted a contract extension with a pay raise on his remaining three years for $30 million.
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  • 2002
    Age 29
    He married Shaunie Nelson on December 26, 2002.
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    O'Neal missed the first 12 games of the 2002–2003 season recovering from toe surgery.
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    Matched up against the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 Western Conference finals, O'Neal said, "There is only one way to beat us.
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    In January 2002 he was involved in a spectacular on-court brawl in a game against the Chicago Bulls.
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  • 2001
    Age 28
    He was ready for the start of the 2001–02 regular season, but the toe frequently bothered him.
    In the 2001 NBA Finals against the 76ers, O'Neal fouled out in Game 3 backing over Dikembe Mutombo, the 2000–2001 Defensive Player of the Year. "I didn't think the best defensive player in the game would be flopping like that.
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  • 2000
    Age 27
    Jackson's influence resulted in a newfound commitment by O'Neal to defense, resulting in his first All-Defensive Team selection (second-team) in 2000.
    They won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    He was angered by being overlooked for the FIBA Americas Championship 1999 squad, saying it was a "lack of respect". He forwent an opportunity to participate in the 2000 Olympics, explaining that two gold medals were enough. Shaq also chose not to play in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
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    O'Neal was also voted the 1999–2000 regular season Most Valuable Player, one vote short of becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.
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    In the November 10, 1999, game against the Houston Rockets, O'Neal and Charles Barkley were ejected.
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  • 1996
    Age 23
    On December 17, 1996, O'Neal shoved Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls; Rodman's teammates Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan restrained Rodman and prevented further conflict.
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    In the summer of 1996, O'Neal was named to the United States Olympic basketball team, and was later part of the gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
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  • 1995
    Age 22
    O'Neal has made numerous appearances in television commercials, including several Pepsi commercials, such as one from 1995 which parodied shows like I Love Lucy (the "Job Switching" episode), Bonanza, and Woody Woodpecker; various 1990s Reebok commercials; Nestlé Crunch commercials; Gold Bond products; The General insurance commercials; and IcyHot commercials.
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    O'Neal became a free agent after the 1995–96 NBA season.
    O'Neal was injured for a great deal of the 1995–96 season, missing 28 games.
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  • 1994
    Age 21
    In 1994, O'Neal made several appearances in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), including at the Bash at the Beach pay per view, where he presented the title belt to the winner of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match between Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
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    While in college, O'Neal was considered for the Dream Team to fill the college spot, but it eventually went to future teammate Christian Laettner. His national team career began in the 1994 FIBA World Championship in which he was named MVP of the Tournament.
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    O'Neal's third season in 1994–95 had him leading the NBA in scoring with a 29.3 point average, while finishing second in MVP voting to David Robinson and entering his third straight All-Star Game along with Hardaway.
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  • 1993
    Age 20
    His 1993 debut album, Shaq Diesel, received platinum certification from the RIAA.
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    On November 20, 1993, against the New Jersey Nets, O'Neal registered the first triple-double of his career, recording 24 points to go along with career highs of 28 rebounds and 15 blocks.
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    In 1993–1994, O'Neal's second season, Hill was the coach and Guokas was reassigned to the front office.
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    He was named the 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year and became the first rookie to be voted an All-Star starter since Michael Jordan in 1985.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 19
    The Orlando Magic drafted O'Neal with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.
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  • 1991
    Age 18
    While playing for Brown at LSU, O'Neal was a two-time All-American, two-time SEC Player of the Year, and received the Adolph Rupp Trophy as NCAA men's basketball player of the year in 1991; he was also named college player of the year by AP and UPI.
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  • 1989
    Age 16
    His 791 rebounds during the 1989 season remains a state record for a player in any classification.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey, to Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney, an All-State guard in high school who was offered a basketball scholarship to play at Seton Hall.
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