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Shaquille O’Neal
Misiri J. Parker Jr.
American Intercontinental University

Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq) is a retired basketball player who played 19 seasons in the NBA, as one of the most dominating centers the world as ever seen. He played for teams such as the, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics. O’Neal was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 6, 1972. O’Neal didn’t achieve success over night, he had to face different obstacles to become one of the greats. Being raised without his biological father, cause of drug addiction and possession. The reason for selecting this individual is because I love the game of basketball. Shaq has been one of my favorite NBA players of all time. I’ve watched Shaq struggle on the court, but never off the court. I’m inspired to write a paper about one of the most dominating centers.
One obstacle that Shaq had to face was money. Shaq was drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992. He spent his first million that he earned within 30 minutes. Like most people, when you get a large sum of money you just want to go out and spend it, just like Shaq did. Not thinking about how to save or your future or if you can impact someone else’s life who may not have food to eat, or nowhere to sleep. Another obstacle Shaq had to face was his Los Angeles teammate Kobe Bryant. “It’s not about how much money you make; the question is are educated enough to keep it? (Shaquille O’Neal)” This individual impacted my life and motivates be to do better by his education. He dropped out of college going into his senior year, played in the NBA and then went back to pursue is Bachelors in General Studies at LSU. He then went back and pursued his MBA through the University of Phoenix online. “It’s just something to have on my resume for when I go back into reality. Someday I might have to put down a basketball and have a regular 9-to-5 like everybody else.

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