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.