Like many before him Shaquille O’Neal’s passion for basketball started at a young age and grew throughout his school years. He studied business at Louisiana State University and soon became a Hall of Fame player at the Louisiana University.
Later in years the Louisiana University had a statue of Shaquille made for the school.
Over his NBA career O’Neal would go on to play for 6 teams.
Orlando Magic was the first team to draft Shaq and he quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and later leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals.
After four years with the Magic, O’Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. They won three consecutive championships during his time with them. Since tension between O’Neal and Kobe Bryant continued to grow, O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006.
Halfway through the 2007–2008 season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O’Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009–10 season. The Boston Celtics was the last team Shaquille played for before retiring in the 2010–11 season.
Through his 19 year NBA career O’Neal was the reciprocate of:
- MVP award
- 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award
- 15 All-Star game selections
- 3 All-Star Game MVP awards
- 3 Finals MVP awards
- 2 scoring titles
- 14 All-NBA team selections
- 3 NBA All-Defensive Team selections