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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Lrg edition (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455507253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455507252
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #715,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shaq was the most unique player in the history of the NBA. He was bigger than life in every way. The dominant game, the dominant personality, his work behind the scenes for charity...nobody has done more for our game than Shaq.

Hall of Famer Larry Bird

Shaq was more confident in his skin than anyone else of his stature. There's a warmth to him that is unmistakable. At the same time, he was the scariest player I've ever seen. He was that dominant. I've had a number of great relationships with great players, but he's the one who will always stand out in my mind.
Hall of Famer Jerry West


He's the most dominant player I've ever seen. His presence, his physicality, his size and his speed made him an athletic phenomenon. He could run, he could move, he had unbelievable hands and he never got enough credit for being a great passer. He was one of a kind.—Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers

Shaq's a wonderful person and he's been one of the greatest players ever. He understood the game; dealing with the fans, dealing with the press. .. Great, great player, a great, great personality.

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley

What a career for Shaq Diesel!! The most dominating force to ever play the game. Great person to be around as well. Comedy all the time!!—LeBron James, via Twitter

He's a giant. He's physically imposing; he has an imposing smile. In the game, he imposed his will, and he has done it for quite a long time. It's been a great run here, and we're going to miss him greatly. We hope we can find ways to keep him involved in the game.

NBA Commissioner David Stern

About the Author

Shaquille O'Neal is a four time NBA champion, television star, musical artist and renaissance man. He recently retired from the Boston Celtics.

Bestselling author Jackie MacMullan is considered the nation's leading writer on basketball. Her last book When the Game was Ours by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird was a major bestseller. Jackie is a constant presence on ESPN and was a long-time columnist for Sports Illustrated and the Boston Globe.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookloverintdot on April 3 2012
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This book is going to make you laugh, cry and most importantly think. This is the story of a giant who wants to be able to do what everybody else can do and who keeps hearing that he's too tall and too big. The book is very well-written and very entertaining!
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RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: "28,596 POINTS... STILL A BIG KID... BIG GRUDGES... BIG EGO... AND BIG LOVE FOR MOM & DAD!" Nov. 20 2011
By Rick Shaq Goldstein - Published on Amazon.com
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As a lifetime fan of Shaq's since his days at LSU... not only for what he accomplished on the court... but also for his childlike enthusiasm... and even though I'm older than "SHAQ"... as a single Father I used his respect and honor for his parents as a teaching tool for my young son. With that being said I still owe a completely unbiased review for all the people out there who are considering whether to buy this book or not. First of all the average person has to wonder if "Shaq"'s second autobiography in ten years logically makes sense to purchase. Obviously the facts of his life up to 2001 haven't changed. In my opinion it would have made more sense to start this book off more as a sequel to his earlier autobiography than another autobiography, because anyone that has followed "SHAQ"'s life knows that there has been more than enough success... intrigue... controversy... and all around entertainment in the last ten years to fill two more books.

There are two categories of people who might buy this book... "SHAQ" fans... and non-"SHAQ" fans. The reason I mention that, is if you love and enjoy "SHAQ"-Daddy... you'll read most of his comments knowing and imagining "SHAQ"'s big giant goofy smile is imbedded between every sentence. If you're not an unabashed "SHAQ"-Diesel fan... you'll probably find much of the commentary massively egotistical. (Or as my dear departed Mother used to say to me: "Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back!") "SHAQ" constantly brags about the money he's made... the houses he's bought... the cars he's bought. Oh man! The cars he's bought... and the egomaniacal reasons he bought most of them.

FOR EXAMPLE: One day after practice while still sweaty and wearing sweats he stops by a Rolls Royce dealership and is looking at a beautiful Bentley. It so happens Mike Tyson is there and "NEXT THING I KNOW TYSON HAS PICKED OUT TWO. HE'S BUYING TWO OF THESE CARS, SO YOU KNOW WHAT I'VE GOT TO DO. I'VE GOT TO BUY THREE! I GRAB THE SALESMAN AND I SAY, "I WANT THAT SILVER HARDTOP ONE, AND I WANT THE GREEN ONE, AND GIVE ME THAT RED ONE OVER THERE, TOO." I CAN'T REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW MUCH THEY COST, BUT I THINK THEY ALL RAN ME ABOUT $200,000.00 EACH. SO THERE'S $600,000.00 FOR THREE CARS THAT I CAN'T FIT INTO."

These types of incidents whether regarding cars or houses are rampant throughout the book. But there are also great behind the scenes stories regarding his famous feuds with Kobe Bryant... including when "SHAQ" had to literally be restrained from "killing" Kobe after Kobe broke a promise made to Lakers management by bashing "SHAQ" in an interview with Jim Gray. "SHAQ" also comes clean about some of his phony feuds that he played up to the media... including his made up story that Bill Russell gave him the sage advice to make up with Kobe. All of this reminds me of a comment "SHAQ" once made during an interview on TV... when he said: "YOU KNOW WHAT "NBA" STANDS FOR? NOTHING BUT ACTORS!"

Despite all the almost nauseating amounts of accumulated wealth and spending habits that would embarrass a drunken sailor who won the lottery... the most beautiful and touching "heart" interspersed throughout this gentle giant's life (if you put aside all the people a younger "SHAQ" punched out when he practiced his "hit'em" first mantra) is his unabashed love and respect for his Mother and Father. His real Father, Philip Harrison ("SHAQ" will eloquently explain to readers the difference between "real" and biological) raised him with an iron fist... and "SHAQ" has never forgotten where he comes from. The declarations of love and respect that "SHAQ" etches on these pages... are the same exact feelings I saw him portray courtside before and after games and in countless interviews for the last twenty years. And as I said... that's one of the main reasons I've loved "SHAQ" all these years. And the fact that like "SHAQ"... I'm a kid that never grew up!

The average fan will also have their feelings reinforced regarding selfish, spoiled athletes... who when they go on strike lose our sympathy... when you hear $20 Million Dollars a year in salary isn't enough... along with endorsement deals like "SHAQ" had before he played a minute in the NBA. $13 Million with Pepsi... $15 Million with Reebok... and $20-25 Million from Kenner, Spaulding, and Scoreboard training cards.

The author definitely tells it like it is (at least from his point of view) regarding the end of his Magic career... Lakers career... Heat career (Look out Pat Riley!)... and so on. I guess that's why an individual writes a book... to get his side out... *UNCUT* ... without interruptions.

Though this book won't win any Pulitzer Prize for literature... it is certainly an interesting read.
Sometimes I have trouble keeping up with who's on my husband's "like" and "don't like" lists of sports figures... March 11 2014
By Grandma Zizzy - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I'm not much of a sports buff myself, my sports "knowledge" is pretty much limited to the opinions of my husband over the years, and maybe I'm just imagining it, but it seems like former and current players sometimes switch between his "like" and "don't like" lists! I couldn't remember which list Shaq was on when Christmas 2011 rolled around and it was time for my annual sports-themed book selections for his Christmas gifts (my hubby always claimed - after having a bit of a tough time focusing in school - that he didn't like reading... that all changed when I started giving him one basketball-themed book, one football-themed book, and one baseball-themed book at Christmas, and he discovered he really DID enjoy reading - when it was a topic he was interested in!) This was my basketball selection that year, and he really did enjoy it. (I've always thought Shaq - what little I've seen of him in interviews, while commentating, etc. - was a pretty humorous guy, so I figured regardless of which of my husband's "lists" he was on, the book would probably be humorous as well. I was right! And don't we wives just love it when we're right?)
Mr. Kazaam Jan. 10 2014
By Wachovia - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a fantastic book describing Shaquille O'neals life from start to finish. I must say that even though his father was extremely tough on him as a child, he made sure Shaq stayed on the right path. His father was a funny guy as well as you will discover during the beginning stages of this book. This book also changed some of my views on Kobe Bryant because I realized their relationship wasn't as dramatic as the mainstream media made it out to be. It was far from perfect but you need to read the book in order to understand that statement. I also respect the fact that Shaq has always dedicated himself to giving back to his community. Check it out.
Classic Shaq Jan. 3 2014
By Roland L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Book was great. Finished in two days. Probably on of the best books I ever read next to Dick Gregory's book.
terrific read Dec 25 2013
By Peter James DiVito - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Shaq offers a lot of insight into events during his playing days that most of us didn't know. Any sports fan will enjoy this book!


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