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Shaquille O’Neal of the Orlando Magic goes up for a shot against Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns during a game in 1994.  Shaq turns 42 today. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Shaq

Shaquille O’Neal of the Orlando Magic goes up for a shot against Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns during a game in 1994.  Shaq turns 42 today. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Shaq

Shaquille O’Neal had his number retired by the Lakers last night at Staples Center. As SI’s Lee Jenkins reports, it was one of the most surreal nights of the NBA season. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Shaquille O’Neal With The Lakers
JENKINS: Lakers strange season takes awkward turn on Shaq’s Night

Shaquille O’Neal had his number retired by the Lakers last night at Staples Center. As SI’s Lee Jenkins reports, it was one of the most surreal nights of the NBA season. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Rare SI Photos of Shaquille O’Neal With The LakersJENKINS: Lakers strange season takes awkward turn on Shaq’s Night

Happy 41st Birthday to the great Shaquille O’Neal (Getty Images)

GALLERY: College Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

Happy 41st Birthday to the great Shaquille O’Neal (Getty Images)
GALLERY: College Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal throws down a monsterous dunk during a 2000 game against the Jazz. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal throws down a monsterous dunk during a 2000 game against the Jazz. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

They don’t make them like Shaquille O’Neal anymore, especially when it comes to scoring, says SI’s Luke Winn. In his latest piece, Winn mourns the loss of high-scoring college basketball matchups, noting that 2012 was the slowest and lowest-scoring season in modern era college hoops. In 1990, Shaquille O’Neal’s LSU squad and Hank Gathers’ Loyola-Marymount put up a combined 298 points, a total that likely won’t be matched anytime soon. (Brad Messina/Getty Images)

WINN: The lost art of scoring: Revisiting the 1990 LSU-LMU epic
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

They don’t make them like Shaquille O’Neal anymore, especially when it comes to scoring, says SI’s Luke Winn. In his latest piece, Winn mourns the loss of high-scoring college basketball matchups, noting that 2012 was the slowest and lowest-scoring season in modern era college hoops. In 1990, Shaquille O’Neal’s LSU squad and Hank Gathers’ Loyola-Marymount put up a combined 298 points, a total that likely won’t be matched anytime soon. (Brad Messina/Getty Images)
WINN: The lost art of scoring: Revisiting the 1990 LSU-LMU epicGALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected No. 1 overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Twenty years later, New Orleans made Kentucky big man Anthony Davis the No. overall pick. Can Davis match O’Neal’s four NBA titles? (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

MANNIX: Observations from the 2012 NBA Draft
AMICK: Analysis of the draft’s 30 first-round picks
GLICKSMAN: Behind the scenes at uncertain draft

Shaquille O’Neal shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected No. 1 overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Twenty years later, New Orleans made Kentucky big man Anthony Davis the No. overall pick. Can Davis match O’Neal’s four NBA titles? (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
MANNIX: Observations from the 2012 NBA DraftAMICK: Analysis of the draft’s 30 first-round picksGLICKSMAN: Behind the scenes at uncertain draft

On this day in 2000, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to their first of three consecutive championships with a 116-111 victory over Indiana in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. O’Neal would win MVP honors after averaging 38 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks during the series. (John Biever/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shaquille O’Neal | Kobe Bryant


On this day in 2000, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to their first of three consecutive championships with a 116-111 victory over Indiana in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. O’Neal would win MVP honors after averaging 38 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks during the series. (John Biever/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shaquille O’Neal | Kobe Bryant

Shaquille O’Neal is 40 today. The future Hall of Famer won four NBA titles over his 19-year career. In this 1992 photo, O’Neal anchors the LSU defense during a NCAA Tournament game against Indiana. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Shaquille O’Neal - The College Years
SI VAULT: Shaq has been the key cog in Lakers three titles (6.17.02)

Shaquille O’Neal is 40 today. The future Hall of Famer won four NBA titles over his 19-year career. In this 1992 photo, O’Neal anchors the LSU defense during a NCAA Tournament game against Indiana. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Shaquille O’Neal - The College YearsSI VAULT: Shaq has been the key cog in Lakers three titles (6.17.02)

Lil Wayne greets Shaquille O’Neal before a 2010 Celtics-Heat game in Miami. Weezy has become a fixture at Heat games and sporting events throughout the country, as SI demonstrates with the gallery below. (Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

GALLERY: Lil Wayne and Sports

Lil Wayne greets Shaquille O’Neal before a 2010 Celtics-Heat game in Miami. Weezy has become a fixture at Heat games and sporting events throughout the country, as SI demonstrates with the gallery below. (Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
GALLERY: Lil Wayne and Sports

Shaquille O’Neal and The Big Show stand face-to-face during a 2009 episode of WWE’s Monday Night Raw. The two are rumored to be facing each other at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami next month. (Courtesy of WWE)

GALLERY: Athletes Who Have Stepped In The Pro Wrestling Ring

Shaquille O’Neal and The Big Show stand face-to-face during a 2009 episode of WWE’s Monday Night Raw. The two are rumored to be facing each other at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami next month. (Courtesy of WWE)
GALLERY: Athletes Who Have Stepped In The Pro Wrestling Ring
Kobe Bryant made history on Monday, passing former teammate Shaquile O’Neal to become the NBA’s fifth all-time leading scorer. Despite the record, the Lakers fell to the 76ers 95-90. Bryant score 28 points to reach a career total of 28,601, moving past O’Neal’s 28,596. (AP)
Kobe Bryant made history on Monday, passing former teammate Shaquile O’Neal to become the NBA’s fifth all-time leading scorer. Despite the record, the Lakers fell to the 76ers 95-90. Bryant score 28 points to reach a career total of 28,601, moving past O’Neal’s 28,596. (AP)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

Orlando’s Shaquille O’Neal dunks the ball and knocks Chicago’s Dennis Rodman out of the way during a 1996 game. The Bulls won 90-86. (AP Photo/Steve Simoneau)

Shaq sues ex-IT employee over sold personal emails
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

Orlando’s Shaquille O’Neal dunks the ball and knocks Chicago’s Dennis Rodman out of the way during a 1996 game. The Bulls  won 90-86.   (AP Photo/Steve Simoneau)
Shaq sues ex-IT employee over sold personal emailsGALLERY: Rare Photos of Shaquille O’Neal