Shaq in the paint was simply unfair. It was bully-ball at its finest. No player wanted to find themselves up against the basketball star at the rim.
Even among fellow 7-footers, O’Neal’s size stood out, especially his shoes.
Shaquille O’Neal’s Shoe Size
While Shaquille O’Neal isn’t on the same height level as fellow centers such as Yao Ming, Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan — all of whom stood above 7-foot-5 — his build allowed him to thrive in the league.
One of the most notable attributes of Shaq’s size are his big feet. The 7-foot-1 basketball player’s shoes are a Size 22, which is the same size as Hall of Fame center Bob Lanier. He has bigger feet than Kevin Durant and Yao, who both wear Size 18.
Having such large feet means O’Neal can’t just walk into a department store and leave with a few pairs of shoes. Instead, O’Neal had to custom order kicks just to find some basketball shoes in his size.
Unlike the typical basketball shoes produced by Nike and Adidas, O’Neal ensured his shoes were affordable by the masses due to the struggle he endured trying to find shoes that fit him while growing up.
He later signed a deal with Dunkman, selling his discount shoes at retailers across the globe.
Shaquille O’Neal’s Basketball Career
Shaquille O’Neal was a high school basketball phenom and played his college basketball at LSU.
Shaq spent four years in Orlando before joining the Los Angeles Lakers, where he’d win three of his four NBA titles alongside Kobe Bryant. He also won the league MVP award in 1999-2000 after averaging 29.7 points and 13.6 rebounds. O’Neal played in LA until 2004 before joining the Miami Heat, where he won his fourth ring.
After his stint with the Heat, O’Neal floated around the league, playing for the likes of the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Cleveland Cavaliers.
At the end of his Hall of Fame professional basketball career, Shaq had played 19 seasons and featured in 15 All-Star Games. He was a one-time MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP and earned 12 All-NBA First-Team selections.
Shaquille O’Neal Today
Nowadays, O’Neal is still around the game of basketball, working as an analyst for TNT on the program “Inside the NBA.”
Additionally, he has six kids, sons Shareef, Shaqir, and Myles, and daughters Me’arah, Taahirah and Amirah.
The former superstar is still hauling in the big bucks from various endorsement deals and investments, and reportedly boasts an estimated net worth of $400 million.