Shaquille O'Neal explains how he almost re-signed with the Orlando Magic

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Shaquille O'Neal will be enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday night after a quite stunning career that saw him win championships with the L.A. Lakers and Miami Heat.

But it all could have been so different for the most physically imposing big man the NBA has ever seen.

The Big Aristotle spent his formative years with the Orlando Magic and he was so close to winning the organisation their first championship. And he was also moments away from re-signing with the club before ultimately deciding on a switch to the City of Angels.

Nobody knows what could've happened had he decided to remain with the Magic franchise certainly had the pieces in place to be a threat. Well, any team that had Shaq was a threat.

He explained to NBA exactly why he never re-signed with Orlando, saying: "My deal was up. I knew I was big name guy in the league and I just wanted my fair share.

"The funniest thing is, I was getting ready to sign eighty for twenty, I really was..... eighty for twenty would've been good and something said 'don't sign', so the next morning when I wake up Alonzo signed for, I think, it was 110 [million dollars], no Alonzo signed for 115.....

I think my quote was, if you pay $110m for a BMW, how much does a Mercedes cost?"

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