About Shaquille O’neal
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, known as Shaq for the NBA fans, is a retired professional basketball player and a former rapper from New Jersey. He is currently working on the five-time Emmy-Award winning postgame show Inside NBA. With more than 7 feet in tall and 325 pounds weight Shaquille is among the heaviest man that has ever played in the National Basketball League. During his career O’Neal led Los Angeles Lakers to victory in NBA championship for three times and Miami Heat once. His personal accolades include 15x NBA All Starr and 8x NBA first team. Shaquille O’Neal net worth is currently estimated at $250 million.
Shaq was born in New Jersey in 1972. His biological father Joseph Toney was very perspective basketball player back in high school and received an offer to study at Seton Hall University on basketball scholarship. Sadly, his basketball career was hampered by his drug addiction. The same problem is responsible for the ice-cold estrangement between Joseph and his son. Shaquille’s father was charged with illegal drug possession and imprisoned when he was still a kid.
The only positive thing that Shaq has ever received from him was his innate talent for basketball, which eventually boosted Shaquille O’Neal net worth to hundreds of millions. Meanwhile the man who actually took care of Shaquille during his childhood and later years was his mother’s second husband, Phillip A. Morrison. O’Neal’s feelings towards Toney were later clearly expressed in his rap song “Biological Doesn’t Bother”, with the lyrics “Phil is my father”.
Shaq started playing basketball as a kid, in a national organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which provide after-school programs for young people. O’Neal continued playing basketball in Robert G. Cole High School and led his team to the state championship. After graduation he enrolled into Louisiana State University, where he soon won All-American and was named SEC player of the year. In 1991 he quit university to become a professional player and was soon drafted by Orlando magic. That’s when Shaquille O’Neal net worth started to grow on the high rate.
During his first years with Magic Orlando earned $3 million dollars- petty cash compared to his later inflows. By the time he left this club his salary was nearly twice as big, $5.7 million. Around the same time he started playing in NBA Shaq decided to test his talent in music. His debut album Shaq Diesel was released in 1993 and became a huge commercial success. Eventually it was certified Platinum by Recording Industries Association of American and added a solid sum to the current Shaquille O’Neal net worth. When Shaq started playing with Los Angeles Lakers in season 1996-1997, his initial salary was just over $10 million for one year. When he left his club after 3 NBA championships his annual earnings from basketball peaked at $24 million. During his career in NBA O’Neal earned a total of $292 million.