A Larger Than Life Basketball Player and Community Activist


A friend of mine sent me this video and I thought it was worth sharing given all the current angst and controversy surrounding back lives and interaction between police. and the public.

Shaq’s footprint on American culture was not confined to the basketball court. In1993, he began to compose music. He released five studio albums and one compilation album. One critic credited him with “progressing as a rapper in small steps, not leaps and bounds.” He also appeared in films such as “Blue Chips” and “Kazaam.”It was O’Neal’s lopsided smile and outsize personality that helped him transcend sport off the court. ESPN columnist Michael Wilbon said it best when he wrote: “Shaq had an understanding that sports is showbiz and what his place is in that universe,” says Chris Corbellini, senior sports writer at The Daily. “The guy may have been intimidating to a lot of NBA players, but fans will probably remember him for his smile and acting like a little kid in a giant’s body.

The ex-All-Star center frequently donates time and money to charitable causes, including $1 million to the Boys and Girls Club of America to create technology centers in Clubs nationwide, in partnership with Microsoft Corporation.

And another human story on Shaq.

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