If you only know Shaquille O’Neal from his buffoonery as part of the TNT crew, or even from the final seasons of his NBA career, need to go back and watch vintage Shaq. Yes, that’s Lakers three-peat Shaq. But go back further and watch his Orlando Magic highlights — the league has never seen a combination of size, strength, and athleticism like that. Wilt Chamberlain may be the only other guy in the conversation.
Shaq’s self-promotion at times seemed to obscure just how dominant a force he was on the court.
Today is Shaq’s 45th birthday. To celebrate, check out a highlight package put together by the NBA on the Hall of Famer and one of the greatest centers ever to play the game.