Shaquille O’Neal named Legend of the Year

shaquille-oneal-legend-of-yearFormer NBA center Shaquille O’Neal was named the “Legend of the Year” at the 15th Annual NBA Legends Brunch.

O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action.

He was a 15-time NBA All-Star, and won 4 NBA championships (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat).

O’Neal delivered a speech at the event, thanking his mother, father, first coach and others for believing in him and making him the man he is today.

O’Neal also congratulated people on Valentine’s Day, and asked people to give a big round of applause for other NBA legends present there – namely Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Gervin, Dikembe Mutombo and others.

Former Lakers center shared a story from his youth, when he was 6’9 and couldn’t dunk, and even considered going to the army, when his life was changed forever.

“To all the children out there, never give up on your dreams, follow them,” O’Neal said. “You can be just like us, you can be better than us, you can do it.”


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