NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal turns 42-years-old today.
The former NBA MVP accomplished a lot in his career as a basketball player and is currently an analyst with TNT.
Shaq started his career with the Orlando Magic where he won the Rookie of the Year award. He was also the scoring champion in 1995 with the Magic, and made two All-NBA teams during his time in Orlando.
O'Neal's real success came with the Los Angeles Lakers. Shaq signed with the Lakers in 1996 via free agency.
He won three championships in a row with the Lakers in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and also won the Finals MVP award for all three of those championship years.
In the year 2000, Shaq was also named league MVP. The team was unstoppable with O'Neal and Kobe Bryant running the show.
In 2004 O'Neal was traded from the Lakers to the Miami Heat, where he spent four years alongside Dwayne Wade, winning one NBA Championship along the way in 2006.
In the 2006-07 season O'Neal injured his knee and required surgery, his play diminished from what it once was.
He would go on to have short NBA spells with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and finished his career with the Boston Celtics in 2011.
Shaq is now enjoying his career as an NBA analyst on TNT alongside other NBA great Charles Barkley. There is no doubt that Shaq is one of the greatest players in NBA history and he should celebrate that today. Happy birthday big guy.
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