7 Ft Shaquille O’Neal, Whose First Name Means “Little”, Once Revealed Mother Lucille’s Touching Reason Behind Naming Him

Published 05/08/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

Irrespective of whether or not someone is a basketball fan, Shaquille O’Neal is a name almost everyone has heard of. The 7-foot-1-inch giant is often considered among the best players to ever play in the NBA.

Interestingly enough, despite his vast frame since childhood, Shaq’s name is completely opposite of his appearance. Apparently, his name means ‘Little Warrior’.

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Moreover, it is his mother, Lucille, who thought about this name. Talking about his unique name, O’Neal reflected on the reason he is named so.

Shaquille O’Neal reveals the meaning behind his name

There is no denying Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest NBA players ever. He won 4 NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. Moreover, he has various individual titles to his name.

Interestingly enough, the meaning behind his name is almost as legendary as his NBA career. Talking about it, the Hall of Famer had a lot to say.

Shaq’s full name is Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal which denotes a ‘little warrior.’ Talking on a popular talk show hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Shaquille O’Neal said, “You’re my little warrior, I fought with you, and I fought for you.”

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal appears to promote “Toys for Tots” during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)

He further revealed how his mother is his best friend and confidante. Moreover, she is the only one who can make him behave.

For those unaware, Lucille O’Neal faced a lot of hardships while taking care of Shaq. Lucille had Shaq when she was only 17 years old and had no idea of the world.

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When asked about the experience of taking care of a baby while still young, Lucille said,We grew up together, Shaquille and I.”

Furthermore, Lucille actually finished college while still taking care of Shaq. She went back to college and graduated with a bachelors degree in science from Bethune-Cookman University.

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Shaq’s mom has played a huge role in helping him with what he is currently. Moreover, Shaq himself has credited his mother for the successes on multiple occasions.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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