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American Basketball Player - Shaquille O'Neal (Also known as Shaq, The
Big Daddy, The Diesel, Superman, and The Big Cactus)
born : Shaquille Roshan O'Neal, United States of America 1972, March
famous for : Being 7'1" tall playing for the NBA basketbal team,
The LA Lakers.
Shaquille O'Neal was born on the 6th of March, 1972 as "Shaquille
in Newark, New Jersey, USA to father Joseph Toney and mother Lucille.
In Arabic his name means the little warrior. His mother married
Phillip Harrison soon after Shaquille was born. His stepfather
was a US Army sergeant stationed in Bavaria, Germany which meant
that Shaquille O'neal spent much time in Germany while growing
Shaquille O'neal's professional basketball playing career began
with the NBA team, Orlando Magic in 1992. Orlando Magic reached
the finals in 94/95 but were taken out by the Houston Rockets.
It was when Shaquille O'neal moved to play for the LA Lakers that
he could realize his full potential, playing with other star basketballers
like Kobe Bryant. Shaq as he is nicknamed, helped the Los Angeles
Lakers basketball team to 3 NBA title in the years 2000,01 and
02 NBA finals, being named the Most Valuable Player in all consecutive
finals. O'Neal then moved to the Miami Heat basketball team after
a much talked about trade with several other key players from
Shaquille ONeal is known as an aggressive "in your face"
player that uses his size and athletic skills to intimidate players.
He is also one of the leading defensive players in the game, being
awarded the best NBA defender in 2000, 2001, and 2003.
Shaq is married to Shaunie Nelson, the mother of their three children.
O'Neal also has one other child with a previous relationship.
He also has interests in music and has released several rap albums
of his own. He has also appeared in several films.
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