Hosting Donald Trump in Al Pacino’s House, 7 ft Shaquille O’Neal Was Splashed Across Miami Newspapers with His Wife in 2004

Published 01/24/2023, 12:10 PM EST

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The Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal has made his mark in a few of America’s most glamorous cities as one of the most dominant basketball players in NBA history. During his lucrative stint in LA, the big man maintained friendships with several celebrities in Hollywood. Additionally, Shaq had made it to the news headlines several times in his career for the most incredible reasons. He and his then-wife Shaunie O’Neal once made it to the news by hosting a lavish party at a famous Al Pacino house. Moreover, the Big Diesel also hosted celebrities like former US President Donald Trump at that party. 

The Big Aristotle has become a successful NBA commentator and entertainer post his retirement. The fans can finally see the funnier side of Shaq through his shows as he regularly shares incidents from his life. Moreover, Shaq has also expressed various engrossing events from his life through his autobiography and documentary. Similarly, the Big Aristotle once revealed his insane Scarface-themed birthday celebration in 2004 in his autobiography.


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Shaquille O’Neal hosted Trump at his insane birthday party

In his autobiography, ‘Shaq Uncut: My Story, Shaquille O’Neal wrote about his insane birthday party in 2004. Shaq, who had previously expressed his fascination for the Al Pacino film ‘Scarface’, decided to celebrate his birthday with the film’s theme. Shaq wrote, “For one of my birthdays we had a Scarface party. Everyone had to come dressed in white mafia suits. We rented the house in Miami where the movie was shot.The big man even added the famous Scarface car to his garage as a result of his fascination.

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As a famous NBA star, the big man’s guest list included big names from a plethora of fields. As Shaq mentioned in his book, celebrities like Donald Trump, Ludacris, and other NBA stars joined his party. Following the lavish party, Shaq and Shaunie regularly made it to the news in local city papers, as Shaq wrote, “Every week, my wife Shaunie and I were in the papers.” Notably, Shaq mentioned that his former Miami Heat teammate Alonzo Mourning called him, “the Largest Human Wonder of the World.


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The Big Aristotle pretty much took over the city of Miami after arriving at the Heat as the centerpiece of the organization in 2004.


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Shaq’s Scarface love

The 4x NBA Champion has a profound love for cars. The big man even customizes cars according to his requirement to fit inside with his massive size. Shaq has more than 17 cars lined up in his garage but one car is just a dedication to his love for the film ‘Scarface’. He bought the 1963 Cadillac Eldorado with Tiger fur seats driven by Al Pacino in the movie.

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Shahul Hameed


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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has previously worked as a contributor at an online news site. Shahul has always shared a keen interest in journalism, starting off as a reporter for his college news journal.
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