), 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.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.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.Following his time at Louisiana State University, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.
The Magic won their first ever playoff series against the Boston Celtics in the 1995 NBA Playoffs.
Midway 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.
In his first playoff series, O'Neal averaged 20.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in a losing effort as the Magic lost every game to the Indiana Pacers.
O'Neal's third season in 1994–95 had him leading the NBA in scoring with a 29.3 point average, while finishing second in MVP voting to David Robinson and entering his third straight All-Star Game along with Hardaway.
Toney struggled with drug addiction and was imprisoned for drug possession when O'Neal was an infant. I didn't even play on a team." 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, 33.