Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on March 6, 1972. O’Neal’s home town is Newark, New Jersey. While growing up in New Jersey, O’Neal spent much of his time at the Boys and Girls Club of America. He later reported that the Boys and Girls Club gave him a safe place to play and it kept him off the street.
The family moved often and ended up in Texas. O’Neal attended Fulda American High School in San Antonio, Texas for two years. O’Neal finished his junior and senior year at Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio. There, O’Neal led his basketball team to a 68-1 record in his two years. O’Neal also helped the high school team win a state championship during his senior year.
After high school, O’Neal studied business at Louisiana State University. O’Neal also played basketball for LSU. As a college basketball player, O’Neal was a two-time All-American, two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, and he received the Adolph Rupp Trophy as NCAA men’s basketball player of the year in 1991. O’Neal did not complete his degree at LSU as he left early to pursue his NBA career. O’Neal did return to LSU in 2000 to complete his Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. O’Neal was eventually inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame.
O’Neal’s NBA career has been lengthy and successful. In 1992, O’Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic. Through out his career O’Neal has played with the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Currently he is a player for the Boston Celtics.
O’Neal’s height of 7’ 1” and his weight of 325 pounds makes him one of the largest players to ever play in the NBA. His stature has work to his advantage as his 18 year long NBA career has included many highlights and awards, including four NBA Championships.
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