7’1 Giant Shaquille O’Neal, Who Charges $200 to Baby Sit, Leaves Youngest Fan Wide Eyed in China’s Largest Fashion Hub

Published 10/01/2023, 10:50 AM EDT

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Between globetrotting on his busy off-season schedule, Shaquille O’Neal makes time for his littlest fans. Big Diesel was strutting in the streets of Hangzhou enjoying the Asian Games and some pizza-driven adventures. He nonetheless got down to some shopping in a must-visit tourist spot and making locals happy. But his cutest fan had the 7’1″ gentle giant smiling ear-to-ear.

The cute moment has surfaced on social media hitting fans with the feels. That reminds many people of another Shaq episode which proved the retired center who terrorized rivals on the court has a way with babies.

Shaquille O’Neal receives warm welcome in China


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Basketball fans in China are excited to receive Shaquille O’Neal recently. He attended the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou and even stopped by the 300th location of Papa John’s in Shanghai. He also seemed to have time to explore the city a bit because he was captured at a popular spot.

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The Hangzhou Sijiqing Clothing Wholesale Market is one of the largest fashion wholesalers in Central China. It’s where visitors get their fashion fix in bulk. Shaq was in the crowded street interacting with fans.


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A video of one of the fan interactions is responsible for spreading good vibes on social media right now. In it, the giant is cradling an adorable tot in the cutest hat, proving he’s a giant walking teddy bear. Fans are loving the energy Shaq brings while simply carrying a baby. Some are ready to vote him president, given the classic politician stereotype.

The baby’s parents were taking pictures while some other grown-up fans were taking selfies next to him. But his little friend had Shaq smiling the widest.

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The baby almost seemed reluctant to leave when Shaq returned him to his parents. Big Diesel told him something which was lost in the noise. He’s probably telling the kid that they made Shaq about $200.

Those are apparently the Big Diesel big babysitting fees. The NBA analyst had announced it himself during another short-lived babysitting stint.

Shaq’s babysitting diaries


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Big Diesel and little kids are the combination the world needs. From letting kiddos rescue him from the pool, to getting schooled by a strict little friend to stay on diet, fans love Shaq’s interactions with kids.

This year, he had a viral moment when he comforted a young girl during an interview. Shaq paused his interview when he heard the baby crying and brought her onstage to coddle her. She quietened instantly in his hold to which he gloated, “Babies love Uncle Shaq.”


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The dad of six was ready to spoil the girl too but at a cost. “You wanna go to the club too? Hey, babysitting gonna cost you $200. All right, love you. Love you, baby.” Childcare doesn’t get more premium than that.

What did you think about the latest Uncle Shaq moment? Let us know in the comments!


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Caroline John


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Caroline John is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She has been covering athletes outside the sports arena since the start of her reporting career. A writer at heart, she graduated with a degree in journalism from a reputed university.
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Caroline Joseph