Three of the best and funniest moments of Shaquille O'Neal's career

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NBA TV is celebrating 'Shaq Week' - not be confused with 'Shark Week' - as the league looks back fondly on the career of one of its finest servants, both on and off the court.

The big man won four championships in a career that took him to the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. 

His work as a TV analyst for TNT alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny 'The Jet' Smith and Ernie Johnson Jr. has only increased his popularity within the league. 

He may have dominated the league, but he was more than just a player, he was an entertainer, here are three of the best and funniest moments of his career. 


During the happier days of Kobe Bryant and Shaq, they were an unstoppable force; arguably the best duo the NBA has ever seen. 

Their comeback against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2000 Western Conference finals is an iconic series of their dominant period and, as far as buckets go, the Kobe-to-Shaq alley-oop is the most famous of them all. 

2000 NBA Western Conference Finals: Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

With the score at 79-83 to the Lakers, Kobe sized up his man before picking out the Diesel, who finished it off with an epic slam before running into the arms of his teammate.

Dance off

As we already said, Shaq was an entertainer; there were countless moments throughout his career that endeared him to fans from across the league. 

His rapping during the L.A. Lakers' championship celebrations of 2001 is a moment that will live forever in Los Angeles history (as much for his rapping as Mark Madsen's dancing.)

If you haven't seen it, here it is.

However, our favourite moment was his dance off with LeBron James and Dwight Howard during the All-Star weekend of 2007. Shaq put his two younger teammates to shame and we'd even go as far as to say he invented twerking.

2007 NBA All-Star Game

Watch it here.


Ok, so this list was more of the funny moments than the great ones. We will revisit them later in the week. 

Shaq's work on Inside the NBA is great, he brings a different dimension to the show and his Shaqtin'-a-fool segment is one of the highlights of the week for basketball fans. 

But nothing beats some slapstick humour, and the moment O'Neal went crashing to the floor in the studio. This was all part of the meme age and Shaq was given the treatment he deserved. It was brilliant.

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