Shaq is the big man that dominated an era taking 3 different teams to the NBA Finals. He won 4 Championships, 1 Season MVP, 3 Finals MVPs and two scoring titles.
While with the Lakers he continued a tradition of elite centers that included George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Full Name: Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal
Nicknames: Shaq, The Diesel, Shaq Fu, The Big Aristotle, Superman
Birth date: March 6, 1972
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Teams: Orlando Magic (1992-93 to 1995-96), Los Angeles Lakers (1996-97 to 2003-04), Miami Heat (2004-05 to midseason 2007-08), Phoenix Suns (midseason 2007-08 to 2008-09), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-10), Boston Celtics (2010-11)
Complete NBA Seasons: 16
Team Titles won:
NBA Championships: 4 - 1999-00, 2000-01 and 2001-02 with the Lakers, 2005-06 with the Heat
Olympic Gold Medals: 1 - 1996 Atlanta with USA Team
World Championships: 1 - 1994 Canada with USA Team
Personal Titles and Awards:
NBA Finals MVP: 3 - 2000, 2001 and 2002
NBA Season MVP: 1 - 1999-00
NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2 - 2000 and 2004
All NBA First Team: 8 - 1997-98, 1999-00 to 2005-06
Rookie of the Year: 1 - 1992-93
NBA All-Star Game: 14 - 1993 to 1998 and 2000 to 2007 (there was no ASG in 1999)
NBA scoring leader: 2 - 1994-95 and 1999-00
One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
- Shaq took three different teams to a total of 6 NBA Finals, winning four of them: In 1995 his Orlando Magic were swept by Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets; later with the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Lakers Shaq got the 4th Three-peat in NBA history. The 2004 Lakers that also included Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone were one of the biggest deceptions ever, giving the Detroit Pistons little opposition in the FInals. After a tumultuous departure from L.A. he got another championship with the Heat in 2006. The team led by Shaq and Dwyane Wade was 0-2 with Dirk Nowitzki's Mavericks before winning 4 in a row for the title.
Best Websites: Lakers Universe, LakersWeb.net
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