Shaquille O’Neal Net Worth

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About Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal known commonly as "Shaq", is an American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. As of , Shaquille O’Neal's estimated net worth is at least $450 Million.

O'Neal is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players and centers of all time. He is a 7-foot-1-inch (2.16 m) and 325-pound (147 kg) center who played for six teams over his 19-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is a four-time NBA champion.

After playing college basketball for the LSU Tigers, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. He quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals.

What is Shaquille O’Neal's Net Worth?

As of , Shaquille O’Neal's estimated net worth is at least $450M. As an NBA player, Shaquille earned a total of $292 million in salary. He also recieved more than $200M from endorsements at that time. After retiring from the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal still making $60 million every year from endorsements and his various business ventures and investments.

After graduating from high school, O'Neal studied business at Louisiana State University (LSU). He had first met Tigers coach Dale Brown years earlier in Europe when O'Neal's stepfather was stationed on a U.S. Army base at Wildflecken, West Germany.

While playing for Brown at LSU, O'Neal was a two-time All-American, two-time SEC Player of the Year, and received the Adolph Rupp Trophy as NCAA men's basketball player of the year in 1991; he was also named college player of the year by AP and UPI.

The Orlando Magic drafted O'Neal with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. In the summer before moving to Orlando, he spent time in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

O'Neal became a free agent after the 1995–96 NBA season. In the summer of 1996, O'Neal was named to the United States Olympic basketball team, and was later part of the gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Early life of Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille Rashaun 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.

Toney struggled with addiction and was imprisoned when O'Neal was an infant. Upon his release, he did not resume a place in O'Neal's life and instead agreed to relinquish his parental rights to O'Neal's Jamaican stepfather, Phillip A. Harrison, a career Army sergeant. O'Neal remained estranged from his biological father for decades; O'Neal had not spoken with Toney or expressed an interest in establishing a relationship.

On his 1994 rap album, Shaq Fu: The Return, O'Neal voiced his feelings of disdain for Toney in the song "Biological Didn't Bother", dismissing him with the line "Phil is my father." However, O'Neal's feelings toward Toney mellowed in the years following Harrison's death in 2013, and the two met for the first time in March 2016, with O'Neal telling him, "I don't hate you. I had a good life. I had Phil."

O'Neal came from a tall family - his biological father stood 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) and his mother was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall. By age 13, O'Neal was already 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) tall. O'Neal credits the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Newark with giving him a safe place to play and keeping him off the streets. "It gave me something to do," he said. "I'd just go there to shoot. I didn't even play on a team." Because of his stepfather's career in the military, the family left Newark, moving to military bases in Germany and Texas.

After returning from Germany, O'Neal's family settled in San Antonio, Texas. By age 16, O'Neal had grown to 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), and he began playing basketball at Robert G. Cole High School. O'Neal led his team to a 68–1 record over two years and helped the team win the state championship during his senior year. His 791 rebounds during the 1989 season remains a state record for a player in any classification.

O'Neal's tendency to make hook shots earned comparisons to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, inspiring him to wear the same jersey number as Abdul-Jabbar, No. 33. However, his high school team did not have a 33 jersey, so O'Neal chose to wear No. 32 before college.

Favorite Quotes from Shaquille O’Neal

“When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“This is a tough game. There are times when you’ve got to play hurt, when you’ve got to block out the pain.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“I don’t believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you’ve changed because now you have money.” – Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal Net Worth