Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.
You know him by any number of names, and chances are you know all about his legendary basketball career: Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal is a four-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. After being an All-American at Louisiana State University, he was the overall number-one draft pick in the NBA in 1992. In his 19-year career, Shaq racked up 28,596 career points (including 5,935 free throws!); 13,099 rebounds; 3,026 assists; 2,732 blocks; and 15 All-Star appearances.
These are statistics that are almost as massive as the man himself. His presence - both physically and psychologically - made him a dominant force in the game for two decades.
But if you follow the game, you also know that there's a lot more to Shaquille O'Neal than just basketball. Shaq is famous for his playful, and at times provocative, personality. He is, literally, outsize in both scale and persona. Whether rapping on any of his five albums, challenging celebrities on his hit television show Shaq Vs., studying for his Ph.D. or serving as a reserve police officer, there's no question that Shaq has led a unique and multi-dimensional life. And in this rollicking new autobiography, Shaq discusses his remarkable journey, including his candid thoughts on teammates and coaches, including Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Phil Jackson, and Pat Riley.
From growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high-school basketball team to his larger-than-life basketball career, Shaq lays it all out in Shaq Uncut: My Story.
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The Truth about Shaq.
Shaq. Anytime there's a story about athletes and money its either a outrageous contract or bankruptcy. Shap is generous and a business man. He comes across warm, insecure and honest. His honestly shines through over and over allowing readers/listeners to know him on a different level and care about his story.
Shaq is bigger than basketball and lives like it. He has unwritten rules that define him: loyalty, honesty, and charity.
Whenever he talk about helping out children. Shaqaclause or bringing snow to LA.
Shaq's love for his family. Though Shaq refuses to admit it, he was what many would consider to abused by his step-father. Shaq loves his step-father anyway and sees through the abuse to what Phillip Morris is trying to teach Shaq. Phillip Morris had wonderful lessons for Shaq to learn but an abusive way to teach lessons. I have profound respect for Shaq because he understood that and learned through the abusive relationship.
Entertaining, Informative, Honest
When I bought this for my boyfriend (a massive basketball fan) to listen to on a long haul flight I had no intention of listening to it too. As it turned out we had to share the headphones to listen!
The author has done a great job of telling Shaq's story and (according to the big man himself) dug up memories that he had forgotten himself.
Loved it. Highly recommended.
Laughed out loud more than a few times.