WATCH: NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Helps Iconic Atlanta Business With $15K Donation

Published 04/29/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 14: American Express Brings Together Rapper Travis Scott and Sport’s Legend Shaquille O’Neal at Austin City Limits Festival on October 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for American Express)


Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most active players to participate in philanthropy. Throughout his career, Shaq always made sure to give back to the community. However, that never took his focus away from the court. Many fans and analysts herald Shaq as the most dominant player in the history of the NBA. Despite retiring and stepping away from the game, he still makes sure to give back to the community.

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Shaquille O’Neal helps out local record store

Recently, Shaquille O’Neal visited Moods Music, a popular record store in Atlanta. The store is one of the most iconic fixtures in the city. Several people went to the store to get their hands on music cassettes, CDs, and vinyl records. However, due to the recent global pandemic, the store had been struggling financially. Shaq stepped in and donated $15K to the shop to ensure its survival.

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Furthermore, Shaq allowed visiting customers to purchase whatever they wanted from the store with a limit of up to $1500. It was a heartening gesture from ‘The Diesel’. He noted how important music stores were for him, and how many memories he had of buying important cassettes during his formative year. Given how much the store is struggling, it is a good thing that Shaw decided to help them out.

Shaq was one of the biggest stars in the NBA

Shaq’s legend continues to grow long after his retirement. But fans look back fondly at his career. O’Neal entered the NBA in 1992 and was the unanimous first overall pick in the draft. O’Neal joined the Orlando Magic and immediately formed a formidable partnership with Penny Hardaway. Despite the duo going to the Finals, O’Neal looked for more lucrative opportunities and moved to the Lakers.

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It was with the Lakers that O’Neal became a superstar. He and Kobe Bryant formed an impressive tandem and made it to three consecutive NBA Finals. Shaq became league MVP and won three Finals MVPs. However, issues between the two led to O’Neal leaving the Lakers to join the Miami Heat. There, O’Neal won yet another NBA championship with Dwyane Wade.

Lakers Kobe Bryant bumps chests with Shaquille O’Neal after O’Neal got fouled scoring in the first half during the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs at Staples Center Sunday April 21, 2002.Trailblazer Damon Stoudamire looks on from the left. Lakers won 95–87. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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After his stint with the Miami Heat, O’Neal bounced around the league, with stints at Phoenix, Cleveland, and Boston before calling time on his career. Since then, Shaq has gone on to join the crew of Inside the NBA on TNT, where he along with other NBA legends analyzes the games today.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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