NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Reveals What Motivates him to Keep Working After a Successful Career

Published 12/16/2020, 10:55 AM EST
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: Shaquille O’Neal attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)


When 20-year-old Shaquille O’Neal entered the league, he made his mark pretty quickly. He was already showing the potential of being added to the other greats like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Russell. He left the league more accomplished than ever. Even to date, he makes his appearances as an analyst and stays connected to the game.

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The worst assumption about Shaq was that he was only great because he was big. That was far from the truth. His ball-handling skills and jump shots could leave his opponents astounded. Size wasn’t the sole reason he won four NBA championships, season MVP, and three Finals MVP.

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Recently, he collaborated with Genius Brands to create an animated action-comedy Tv show for children, which is going to be called, “Shaq’s Garage.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 16: Shaquille O’Neal is seen at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on July 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Shaquille O’Neal is a humanitarian

In an interview with Shaquille, he was asked what keeps him going despite doing so much professionally on and off the court. “Well, I just love humanitarian work and I love making people smile,” stated Shaq.

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“I love just helping people out. So, when I was approached by my good friend Andy Hayward about Shaq’s Garage, I was like, ‘You know what? I think it’ll be a good idea’… We wanted to create something where it’s like toy story meets hot wheels, but it’s all done. Of course, this is all for children.”

He further explained, “One thing I’ve always known is to speak the language of the juvenile of all cultures of all ages. It’s just a special gift, and it all started when I had to babysit my younger siblings.”

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The way Shaq has made a name for himself in the NBA, fellow aspiring NBA players also look up to him. His legacy will forever be remembered and embedded in the NBA’s history.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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