Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on the 6th of March 1972, in Newark, New Jersey.

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His parents were Lucille O’Neal and Joe Toney.

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Shaquille’s mother wanted him to have her last name to keep her family name going.

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His father was All-State guard in high school who was offered a basketball scholarship to play at Seton Hall.

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Joe Toney struggled with drug addiction and was imprisoned for drug possession when O’Neal was an infant.

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At Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio, Texas, 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.

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In 1992, O’Neal dropped out of college during his junior year to enter the NBA, where he played his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.

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He set a record when he was named Player of the Week during his first week in the NBA.

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In 1996, O’Neil signed a seven-year, $120 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. This remains the biggest contract in the history of the NBA.

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Shaq was interested in being a police officer even during his days as a NBA player, and he has trained with officers in Los Angeles.

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