Today, March 6th, 2012, Shaquille O’Neal celebrates his 40th birthday. Regarded as one of the most dominant forces to ever play the game of basketball, the 7’1”, 300-plus-pound center was an enormous global ambassador during his 19-year career. The four-time NBA champion, 15-time All-Star, former league MVP and two-time scoring champion has done it all on the court and off of it. From starring in blockbuster films to releasing four hip-hop albums—including the platinum-selling Shaq Diesel—the retired Shaq now captivates audiences as an analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA. To commemorate the Life + Times of the soon-to-be Dr. O’Neal—Shaq will obtain his doctorate in Human Resource Development from Barry University this fall—we take a look back at four of the most memorable basketball moments that represents each decade of the Hall of Famer’s career.
Shaq made his NBA debut during the 1992-93 season. The Rookie of the Year didn’t waste any time in showcasing his prowess, as the Nets and the Suns discovered the hard way.