Shaquille O’Neal

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When you’re in championships, it’s never about what you do. It’s always about what other people do.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Art is a process of delivering or arranging elements that appeal to the emotions of a person looking at it. It’s what you feel.

-Shaquille O’Neal

My father made me who I am. He gave me a basketball and told me to play with the ball, sleep with the ball, dream with the ball. Just don’t take it to school. I used it as a pillow, and it never gave me a stiff neck.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I want to be strong, dominant. Like Wilt Chamberlain.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’m a mama’s boy above all.

-Shaquille O’Neal

The best quality about Kobe Bryant? You want me to be honest? I don’t know. I’ll tell you why. I open my arms to everybody. But he never stepped forward for the embrace. So I never really got to know him. I don’t know anything about him, and it’s kinda sad.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect.

-Shaquille O’Neal

And I want to do it the right way, like everybody else, not just a famous figurehead that gets a job because he is a famous basketball player. I want to really learn the business.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Being here feels like I’m out of prison. This is the right place, the right time, the right team.

-Shaquille O’Neal

When I tweet, I try and accomplish three things. One, is to make you laugh. Two, is to inform you. Three, is to enlighten you. That’s all I do.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I am the number one Ninja and I have killed all the Shoguns in front of me.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Generals don’t panic; then the troops never panic.

-Shaquille O’Neal

David Stern should get with the mothers of the NBA and let the moms decide what the dress code should be. I asked my mother if I could wear a chain, and she told me yeah. So I do stuff that my parents allow me to do.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Because I’m so big, you have to look at me. I think of myself as a monument. But sometimes I like to feel small.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I never worry about the problem. I worry about the solution.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.

-Shaquille O’Neal

If I were a painter, you’d be calling me Shaqcasso.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Kids can still call me Shaq, but adults should call me Dr. O’Neal.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I have never been a shooter.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’m on a mission. And I know the older I get, I may lose a step or two, but it’s all up in the medulla oblongata. I’ve got a lot up there. I’ve got a lot of knowledge… in this medulla oblongata.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I started out as a young Ninja and killed all of the Shoguns. I am a Shogun now and I’m holding my spot. There probably won’t be another Shogun after this.

-Shaquille O’Neal

When I get old, I’m going to the old folks’ home. I don’t want to be one of those guys who’s hanging around the house bothering the kids. But not just any old folks’ home. I want the whole top floor.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I want to be known as ‘The Big Shakespeare.’ It was Shakespeare that said, ‘Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them.’

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’m a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way.

-Shaquille O’Neal

One lucky shot deserves another.

-Shaquille O’Neal

If you got the game, you got the game. That’s why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.

-Shaquille O’Neal

When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Whenever I see a celebrity that comes to watch me play, I’m going to do for them the same thing they’ve done for me – bring them some type of joy.

-Shaquille O’Neal

As a youngster, my mother and father always drilled into my head having something to fall back on. My father was kind of funny. I’d score 40 points. I’d come home and say, ‘Look dad, I scored 40.’ He’d never have a smile on his face. He’d be like, ‘I saw that move you did. What if you’d hurt your knee?’

-Shaquille O’Neal

There is no answer to the Pythagorean theorem. Well, there is an answer, but by the time you figure it out, I got 40 points, 10 rebounds and then we’re planning for the parade.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Every time I do something silly, it comes off really funny because it’s natural.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Look up the word role in the dictionary and you’ll see it means playing a part. That’s why I call myself a real model.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’ve been playing on Christmas for the last 10, 11, 12 years. So just got to get up early with the babies, and give them their toys and try to get a nap in and just come to play.

-Shaquille O’Neal

 

 

I’m very educated and can give you somewhat of a vocabulary, but I don’t get to the philosophical side.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I knew I was dog meat. Luckily, I’m the high-priced dog meat that everybody wants. I’m the good-quality dog meat. I’m the Alpo of the NBA.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Challenge me. Treat me like a game of checkers and play me. That’s all I’m asking, just play me. Treat me like Sega and play me.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’m done with the nicknames. Actually, when I obtain my doctorate, I will not allow people to call me Shaq anymore, either.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I just want to keep people entertained.

-Shaquille O’Neal

Our offense is like the pythagorean theorem: There is no answer!

-Shaquille O’Neal

When you flop, that’s just another message that you don’t know how to play me. Stand up and take your medicine like a man.

-Shaquille O’Neal

We want to win. We want to win big. We want to win the whole thing.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I don’t know anything about cars. I can promise you that.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’m short and to the point.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I was fortunate enough to see and handle and take in everything I could while I was playing.

-Shaquille O’Neal

When I’m done playing basketball, I want do something bigger. I’m working on my doctorate right now at Barry University in Florida.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I don’t believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you’ve changed because now you have money.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’m very excited about my new agreement with the Heat. This contract allows me to address all of my family’s long-term financial goals while allowing the Heat the ability to acquire those players that we need to win a championship.

-Shaquille O’Neal

But that is the only thing that slows me down is the system. No one, two or three was big enough to slow me down, only the system. It was the system that slowed me down to make my numbers fall. Not because I am older.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I would like to be refered to as ‘The Big Aristotle’.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I play against a front and a back every night, Ming does not have to do that, Duncan does not have to do that, Garnett doesn’t do that. I am the only one that has to do that.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I average 25 with three guys on me and they are just looking at stats I guess.

-Shaquille O’Neal

I’ve met a lot of artists who wanted to paint me. LeRoy Neiman was one. He did it from a photograph. He made 20,000 copies, and we sold them all.

-Shaquille O’Neal

 

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