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Happy 40th Birthday Shaq (here are some career higlights)

Mar 6, 2012, 7:58 PM EST

A bit of a clown at times? Sure. Did he get the most he could have out of his talents? No.

But still one of the most dominant centers ever to play the game? For sure. One of the most entertaining players ever to come through the NBA? No doubt.

Happy 40th birthday, Shaquille O’Neal. We hope you have at least that many more in your future.

  1. sledgehorn - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Good to see athletes that enjoy the game.
    Hard to argue anybody loves basketball more then Shaq.
    He also loved himself some him … and other … weird stuff.
    But regardless, happy birthday Shaq.

  2. vikingsinla - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Sad to see fata** pituitary gland freaks given all the publicity they crave.
    Hard to argue anybody loves Shaq more than Shaq
    He also loved himself some… ring-chasing… and terrible movies/video games
    But regardless, DIAF Shaq. You were a tall, and (for a couple years anyway) athletic prototype, until you found how rewarding the buffet table was.

    You were a fat 2nd fiddle in LA. Then a fatter 2nd fiddle in Miami. Then an embarrassingly fat 20th fiddle in Phoenix, Boston and Cleveland. Now we have to watch you be the fat 4th fiddle on the NBA network.

    Yay us.

  3. keyshawn22 - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Happy Birthday Shaq!!

    The best player in the post Jordan Bulls era by far!! Incredibly underrated for some reason. He was an unstoppable force in the NBA finals and the primary and almost the entire reason for the lakers 3 peat. Much love big diesel!!

  4. lakerdownunder - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    One of the biggest disappointments in Laker history was the break up of Shaq and Kobe. Imagine how far they would have gone….

  5. balleriq - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    vikingsinla : you have got to be smoking some good stuff, 2nd fiddle in LA? Without Shaq, the first 3 Laker titles wouldn’t have been possible, don’t kid yourself.

  6. bigzant82 - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    happy bday shaq u was my idol in late 90s n 2000s

  7. loungefly74 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    will always love ya Shaq. bringing 3 titles to my Lakers will forever get you a thumbs up from me.

  8. 700levelvet - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Shazam!!!!

  9. cltjump - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    When I was a kid, I was a Lakers fan for 2 reasons: Purple and Gold, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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