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Shaquille O'Neal Biography - Can't Stop Growing, Chronology, Nba Bound, Athletes And Music, Awards And Accomplishments - CONTACT INFORMATION, SELECTED WRITINGS BY O'NEAL:

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1972-

American basketball player

Shaquille O'Neal represents professional basketball in the third millennium. At seven-feet-one-inch tall and 335 pounds, he dominates a basketball court with little effort. His combination of size, strength, height, and speed is rare. His hulking presence is distinctive and unmistakable even among his peers, the so-called big men of basketball. A giant of a man, he put a new slant on the celebrity status of living large, when as a 19-year-old draft pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA) he signed the largest rookie contract in the history of professional basketball. Yet without spending a dime of his NBA salary, he embarked on a luxurious lifestyle funded exclusively from endorsement contracts and personal ventures. O'Neal, who moonlights as a recording artist, movie star, and television director, is an Olympic gold medallist and on multiple occasions a most valuable player (MVP) honoree. By his eleventh year in the league he was sporting three NBA championship rings. Off the court he is known to flash an ear-to-ear grin and to emote the unflappable personality of a 12-year-old boy.

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 6, 1972. He weighed an unremarkable 7-pounds-13-ounces and was named for an Islamic phrase that means "Little Warrior." His parents, Lucille O'Neal and Joe Toney, never married. Toney, who was a student at Seton Hall University at the time of O'Neal's birth, parted ways with his new family soon afterward. O'Neal then lived with his mother at the residence of his grandmother, Odessa Chamblis, at 100 Oak Street in Jersey City. As the three generations lived together, Chamblis worked as a nurse, and her daughter worked at city hall.

When O'Neal was two years old his mother married Philip Harrison, a sergeant in the U.S. Army. The new Harrison family bonded firmly. With O'Neal as the eldest sibling, Harrison's daughters Ayesha and Lateefa became step-sisters to O'Neal; a younger brother, Jamal was born later to the Harrisons. The family moved often, going from Newark to Bayonne when O'Neal was only five, then on to Eatontown. He was in the fifth grade when they arrived at Ft. Stewart, California. When he was in junior high school the family moved overseas, to Europe. After a brief stay in Wiesbaden, Germany, they spent a few years in Wildflecken.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: Agent: c/o Leonard Armato, William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775. Phone: (310) 859-4000. Address: c/o Staples Center, 1111 South Figueroa, St, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Phone: (213) 742-7333. Address: c/o Office, LA Lakers, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA, 90305-2200.

SELECTED WRITINGS BY O'NEAL:

(With Jack McCallum) Shaq Attack, New York: Hyperion Press, 1993.

Shaq and the Beanstalk and Other Very Tall Tales, New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Shaq Talks Back, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001.

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over 9 years ago

Shaq you are great player and I respect as a person on and off the court. Dwayne Wade needs help you 2 are the superstars make it happen and after this retire and leave with some class and your carried out by an injury. Congrats

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almost 10 years ago

Shaq,

I applaud you for what you are doing for the kids in our nation that need support with their bodies. You are saving lives!! I am from Louisiana and have been following you for a long time- I am proud to say you are from this state. You are making us proud! I am a high school teacher and have designed a class called R.E.A.L.(Reality Education About Life). I love teaching my students how to navigate through life using communication tools, self-esteem work,trust work etc. I would love to share this with you in some way.

Let me know if you are interested. Bless you for your intention to heal!!!

Sincerely,

Kathy Roy

Lafayette, LA

kroy50@cox.net

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about 9 years ago

hi haha.. umm i dont know you or anything but im doing a project on you and im a girll. .. so . keep up the good work! :)

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over 9 years ago

Mr. O'Neal,

I just moved to Southern California from the Florida Keys with my son and wife last September. What we missed most was watching you play ball live last season.



We already respect you as a player but recently your show "Shaq's Big Challenge" touched our lives as well. Our son has his own challenges with Type 1 Diabetes and does not have a problem with obesity. However, with my wife being a school nurse, etc. we see the epidemic of health crises among juveniles personally and professionally.



I admit I was skeptical when I saw your show advertised. You yourself have seen mega-star athletes going through the motions to pretend they care about something because they had to. You did not do that. The way you have embraced the topic of juvenile obesity is phenomenal. It is apparent from the way you look at those kids on the show that you are the real deal. You will likely never see this post but God bless you and your family. Florida is lucky to have you, not just us HEAT fans.



Michael Perry

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over 6 years ago

HI SHAQ!!!!1 I HAVE A SON WHOSE 12 YRS OLD. HE HAD A STROKE AT BIRTH. HE LOVES N ADMIRES U!!!!!! HE IS VERY TALL FOR HIS AGE. HE'S 5"10 AND WEARS A SZ 13 MEN SHOE. IM NOT A WEALTHY PERSON BUT AS A SINGLE MOM I DO MY BEST WITH MY 3 KIDS. HE LOVES BASKETBALL. AND, DOES PRETTY WELL, EVEN THOUGH HIS DOCS SAID HE MAY NEVER WALK. HE WALKS, AND RUNS :) THEY SAY WHEN PRAYERS GO UP BLESSINGS COME DOWN. I DO HOWEVER STRUGGLE WITH HIS CLOTHES ESPECIALLY SHOES SO IF U HAVE ANY INPUT I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM U. WE LIVE IN DANBURY CT. TAKE CARE

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over 6 years ago

who are your parents?

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about 8 years ago

to a correction in this article Ft. Stewart is in Georgia, not California.

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over 9 years ago

Hey Shaq, just heard about the divorce, and just want to send you much love. I'm here for you dog!

Ryan from Hawthorne, Ca.

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over 9 years ago

Dear Mr. O'Neal

My son really looks up to you he is 10 years old and about 5'8. He weighs 184 pounds, a size 10 and one half shoe and 38-34 pants. He is very ackward and clumsy, but wants so bad to play ball. He calls himself little Shaq. He is often picked on by other kids because he has a quiet demeanor, but if provoked he does have a temper. He is so young, but everyone expects him to act older because he looks "older". I wish that he could get the chance to meet you and talk to you because I think you would understand how he feels sometime being a kid in a body you can't quite control. I know he has to grow into his body but in the meantime he tries to deal. Maybe one day if you are ever in Alexandria, La, you could give him the thrill of his life.

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about 5 years ago

Well im doing a project on you and i need some more info

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about 9 years ago

hey shaq rock with the suns.............waitin to c u on the court