Profile of Shaquille O'Neal
What team swept the Magic in their first final series in 1995?
Hello I'm Jamal Andress with About.com and today's profile is of Shaquille O'Neal a.k.a. Shaq, Shaq FU, The Diesel, Superman and last but not least one of the greatest centers of all time.Shaquille O'Neal was born in Newark, New Jersey but raised all over the country. O'Neal spent time at Army bases in Georgia, West Germany, and Texas. As a senior in high school O'Neal averaged over 32 points and 22 rebounds per game on his way to an undefeated season and a Texas State Championship.O'Neal attended Louisiana State University and as a freshman began breaking records. O'Neal recorded 115 blocked shots his freshman year which was the most ever by an SEC player in one season, he would break his own record the next two seasons. He finished his time at LSU with school records in total blocked shots and career blocks per game. O'Neal is just the fourth player in LSU history to have his number retired.O'neal was selected by the Orlando Magic as the #1 overall draft pick in the 1992 draft. In Orlando his impact was felt early--O'neal won the Rookie of the Year Award while helping the Magic improve their record by more than twenty games. By the the 1995 postseason the Magic were in their first ever NBA Finals Series but they were swept by the Rockets.After four seasons in Orlando O'Neal left for the hollywood hills and joined the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were a good team for three years with the addition of O'Neal and budding superstar Kobe Bryant but they were not a great team until head coach Phil Jackson was added to the mix. O'Neal and the Lakers won the NBA title during Jackson's first year on the job, O'Neal also became the 3rd player ever to win the Regular Season, All Star Game and NBA Finals MVP all in the same season. O'Neal led the Lakers to NBA titles in each of the next two seasons and was named the NBA Finals MVP both times. O'Neal and Michael Jordan were the only two players to win three consecutive NBA Finals MVP's.Following the 2004 season O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat and in 2006 he helped Dwyane Wade lead the Heat to it's first NBA Championship. O'Neal spent the last 5 years of his career moving from team to team. Before his retirement in 2011 O'Neal played for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.Thanks for watching our profile of Shaquille O'Neal, For more information - go to About.com