Shaquille O’Neal aka Shaq is one of the best NBA players in history. He was born on March 6th, 1972, and he retired from professional basketball on June 1st, 2011. At 7 ft 1 in tall and weighing 325lbs (147kg) he was physically huge and used this to dominate opponents during his career. After retirement, Shaq has become a commentator and TV personality as well as keeping up his public image as ‘the big guy’.
How many rings has Shaq?
How many? Seven, to be exact. Each is a shining testament to a team that couldn’t get past the big man from Orlando in the postseason. And for each of those teams, there was surely one common belief: We have no shot.
He has 4 championship rings and an Olympic Gold Medal
In college, O’Neal was a 91% free-throw shooter. He missed the 1996 Olympic Games due to a knee injury. However, O’Neal’s skills were still developing. During his first three seasons in the NBA, he was little more than an average jump shooter and post player. Although able to dunk readily at 7 feet tall (2.13 m), he could not shoot well from beyond 10 feet (3.05 m). To improve this aspect of his game, O’Neal worked tirelessly before and after practices with Hakeem Olajuwon during the offseason for many years to develop a mid-range jump shot.
O’Neal established himself as one of the most dominant players in the NBA during the 2000–01 NBA season, leading the league in scoring (29.7 points per game) and finishing second in MVP voting to Steve Nash. O’Neal had averaged 9.2 rebounds per game (RPG) for his career up to that point. During this season, however, he improved that average by more than 4 RPG by averaging 13.0 RPG.
Shaq is one of the most decorated NBA players ever, and he’s also one of the most successful athletes in American sports history
He’s not the first one to work hard and be successful: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps (to name a few) are all well-known for their dedication to training.
But those guys trained just as hard as Shaq – if not harder – yet they didn’t have as much success as he had.
What separates these men from Shaq is that they’re “normal” athletes. The problem with professional sports today is that it has become such a business that there simply aren’t enough stars who take it seriously enough, or who even try to win at all costs.
Shaq has been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Hall Of Fame
He also ranks third (behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish) in career NBA regular-season games played with 1,357. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, the All-NBA Second Team four times, the All-NBA Third Team three times, and was voted into eight NBA All-Star games.
Shaq has been one of the highest earners in sports history. In 2015 he was ranked by Forbes as the 25th highest-earning sports celebrity at $32 million.
Additionally, he had endorsements deals worth an estimated $100 million from companies such as Foot Locker and General Mills.
Shaq is one of the most decorated and successful athletes in American sports history. He has been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Hall Of Fame, as well as being named as one of America’s greatest 20th-century athletes by Sports Illustrated magazine, which called him “the dominant center on earth.” The total number of rings he’s won? It’s 7.