In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum.

He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.. O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey, to Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney, who played high school basketball (he was an All-State guard) and was offered a basketball scholarship to play at Seton Hall.

On more than one occasion during the year, Sports Illustrated writer Jack Mc Callum overheard O'Neal saying, "We've got to get [head coach] Matty [Guokas] out of here and bring in [assistant] Brian [Hill]." O'Neal improved his scoring average to 29.4 points (second in the league to David Robinson) while leading the NBA in field goal percentage at 60%.

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They formed one of the league's top duos and helped Orlando to a 57–25 record and the Atlantic Division crown.

The Magic won their first ever playoff series against the Boston Celtics in the 1995 NBA Playoffs.

), is an American retired professional basketball player currently serving as a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

He is widely considered one of the greatest players in NBA history.

They won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

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.

Despite O'Neal's injuries, the Magic finished with a regular season record of 60–22, second in the Eastern conference to the Chicago Bulls, who finished with an NBA record 72 wins.

Orlando easily defeated the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds of the 1996 NBA Playoffs; however, they were no match for Jordan's Bulls, who swept them in the Eastern Conference Finals.

They then defeated the Chicago Bulls in the conference semifinals.

After beating Reggie Miller's Indiana Pacers, the Magic reached the NBA Finals, facing the defending NBA champion Houston Rockets.

and 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA, where he played for six teams throughout his 19-year career.