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A Shaquille O Neal Net Worth

A Shaquille O Neal Net Worth

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Shaq grew up the son of a single-parent mother who hustled on the streets of New York City. For those of you wondering what kind of character and work ethic she had: Shaq appreciated the effort she put in on his behalf, and she had to hustle to pay the bills. More than anything else, she wanted him to land higher on the basketball court than his future professional career would lead him to do.

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Shaquille O'Neal was born on March 6th, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey to parents Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney. His father was addicted to drugs and went to prison for drug possession when O'Neal was just a baby. His parents never married and his father left soon after Shaq was born, upon his release from prison. O'Neal was estranged from his father for decades. At the age of two, his mother married Phillip Harrison who was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. O'Neal was a part of the Boys and Girls Club of America while growing up and he credits the organization for helping to keep him off the streets. The family moved from Newark and moved around to Germany and Texas. While still in high school, Shaq started to gain attention for his basketball talent. In his senior year, he led the San Antonio's Robert G. Cole High School team to the state championship. O'Neal went on to Louisiana State University where he became a two-time SEC player of the year and a two-time All American. He also received the Adolph Rupp's Trophy for the NCAA men's basketball player of the year in 1991.

On July 14, 2004, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, and a future first-round draft choice (who would turn into Jordan Farmar in the 2006 draft). O'Neal reverted from (his Lakers jersey) number 34 to number 32, which he had worn while playing for the Magic. Upon signing with the Heat, O'Neal promised the fans that he would bring a championship to Miami. He claimed one of the main reasons for wanting to be traded to Miami was because of their up-and-coming star Dwyane Wade, to whom he gave the nickname "Flash". With O'Neal on board, the new-look Heat surpassed expectations, claiming the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2004–05 with 59 wins. He played in 73 games, his most since 2001 season, averaged 22.9 points a game along with 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. O'Neal made his 12th consecutive All-Star Team, made the All-NBA 1st Team, and won the Eastern Conference player of the Month award for his performance in March. O'Neal also narrowly lost the 2004–05 MVP Award to Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash in one of the closest votes in NBA history. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

 

 

 

 

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