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Shaquille O'Neal - C, 7'1, 325
Retired - Retired after 2011 season
       Date of birth: 03/06/1972
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 1st pick, 1996
     Out of: Louisiana State
  NBA Experience: 19 years
  Hand: Right

1992 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 1st overall by Orlando.
7th August, 1992 NBA Signed a seven year, approx. $40 million contract with Orlando. Included option to terminate contract after 1995/96 season.
30th June, 1996 NBA Opted out.
18th July, 1996 NBA Signed a seven year, approx. $120 million contract with L.A. Lakers.
13th October, 2000 NBA Signed a three year, approx. $83 million extension with L.A. Lakers. Included early termination option after 2004/05 season.
14th July, 2004 NBA Traded by L.A. Lakers to Miami in exchange for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, a 2006 first round draft pick (#26, Jordan Farmar) and a 2007 second round draft pick (#50, Renaldas Seibutis).
June 2005 NBA Exercised early termination option.
2nd August, 2005 NBA Re-signed by Miami to a five year, $100 million contract.
7th February, 2008 NBA Traded by Miami to Phoenix in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
25th July, 2009 NBA Traded by Phoenix to Cleveland in exchange for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, a 2010 second round draft pick (#60, Dwayne Collins) and cash.
4th August, 2010 NBA Signed a two year minimum salary contract with Boston. Includes player option for 2011/12.
1st June, 2011 NBA Declined 2011/12 player option and retired.
When: Where:
1989 - 1992 LSU (NCAA)
June 1992 - July 1996 Orlando Magic (NBA)
July 1996 - July 2004 L.A. Lakers (NBA)
July 2004 - February 2008 Miami Heat (NBA)
February 2008 - June 2009 Phoenix Suns (NBA)
June 2009 - July 2010 Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
August 2010 - June 2011 Boston Celtics (NBA)
From blog:

   The best of what's left after what was the best of what's left has gone and is no longer left

Shaquille O'Neal signed with Boston.

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   The best of what's left

Shaquille O'Neal - This, ladies and gentlemen, is why the "he's a superstar, he can say what he likes" defense does not wash. For years, Shaq would call people out in whatever way he so chose, including unnecessary pot shots at players like Ricky Davis and Chris Quinn, just because he wanted the press to like him. But now? Now that he needs the NBA? The NBA does not need him. Had he been a nicer guy, there wouldn't be the locker room doubts that are now submarining his otherwise-good-enough production.

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   2010 Summer League Rosters: New Orleans Hornets

Only six players in the history of NCAA basketball have ever recorded more than 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocks. Those six are David Robinson (1st overall pick, 1987), Pervis Ellison (1st overall pick, 1989), Derrick Coleman (1st overall pick, 1990), Tim Duncan (1st overall pick, 1997), Alonzo Mourning (2nd overall pick, 1992, behind only Shaquille O'Neal) and Kyle Hines (undrafted, 2008). And now in his professional career, Kyle Hines continues to put up numbers whenever he goes.

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   Tax Payers, Trade Kickers, And Other Deadline Day Bookkeeping

Not so long ago, the Celtics had five centres; Perkins, Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, Rasheed Wallace and Semih Erden. They had more centres than they had roster spots for them, and had done it this way on purpose. But Rasheed followed through on his retirement plans, Shaq has struggled to stay healthy, and Jermaine lost that same struggle four years ago. Not even Erden exists any more; like Daniels, he and the Skillz Train were pawned off to the Cavaliers in exchange for a second round draft pick, simultaneously opening roster spots and saving money. Without him on the bench, the Celtics become even shallower. The team that has to go through Dwight Howard now has to do so while relying on Nenad Krstic and Big Baby at centre.

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   Current Trade Kickers

[...] You only get one trade kicker per contract; that is to say, if you sign a contract with a trade kicker in it, the trade kicker is only applied to the first trade that contract is in and not to any subsequent contracts. (The exception is with sign and trades, where the first trade - the sign and trade - is ignored, and the trade kicker is applied to the next subsequent trade. This is why Peja is listed above.)

Because of that, there are a good many players whose current contracts featured trade kickers that have already been invoked. Here they are now, along with the value of their kicker. Note: only currently-being-paid contracts are listed, and the player doesn't necessarily have to be on an NBA roster any more.

- Tony Battie (10%)
- Mark Blount (15%)
- Bruce Bowen (lesser of 15% or $300,000)
- Devin Brown (10%)
- Greg Buckner (5%)
- Kevin Garnett (15%)
- Drew Gooden (5%)
- Eddie House (7.5%)
- Steven Hunter (7.5%)
- Zydrunas Ilgauskas (15%)
- Mike James (5%)
- Jared Jeffries (15%)
- Amir Johnson (15%)
- Mikki Moore (12.5%)
- Shaquille O'Neal (15%)
- Quentin Richardson (7.5%)
- John Salmons (15%)
- Bobby Simmons (10%)
- Etan Thomas (15%)
- Damien Wilkins (10%, only up to $1.2 mil)

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   A History Of Cheesy And/Or Terrible Commercials Featuring NBA Players

15) Shaquille O'Neal, Stu Scott and Mike Breen

42) Shaquille O'Neal

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   A Guide To NBA Player's Music

Mic Check - an incredibly thin Shaq

[...] And perhaps the most famous example of this trend is Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq has released five albums, at least one of which has gone platinum, as well as some occasional public freestyling (including one notable incident where he encourages former teammate Bryant to sample the delectation of his bumhole). Shaq was never particularly good, but refreshingly, he was also never particularly bothered by this. And to his credit, he did improve. More importantly, even if Shaq himself wasn't hugely skilled, he managed to land himself some excellent production talent. This track, entitled "Strait Playing" [sic], is exactly the kind of the thing the world still needs to be making.

I like that song.

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   Bookkeeping The Retired Guys, 2013 Edition

Shaquille O'Neal - Doing TV. Not very good at it. Has potential, but needs to try less hard. Basically the complete opposite of his playing career, then.

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   All-Star memories: Michael Jordan’s last hurrah

[...] The All-Star game itself was not half bad, either. The first and thus far only All-Star game to go to double overtime, it saw 300 total points scored, an in-his-prime Allen Iverson doing what an in-his-prime Allen Iverson did at All-Star games, and an in-his-prime Kevin Garnett dominate proceedings on his way to the MVP trophy. Shaq faced off with Brad Miller for the first significant time since Shaq tried to kill him, an amusing in-game report spoke of Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce’s outrages at playing so few minutes, Yao Ming looked woefully out of place on his way to two points and two rebounds, and the close finish saw the game’s very best turn up the intensity and play at something resembling their very hardest. It was good fun to watch, right down to the Zydrunas Ilgauskas experience. Even the 52 turnovers were aesthetically pleasing.

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