Shaquille O’Neal to publish series of books for children


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Former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal sets his eyes on children, as the retired basketball player will author a new series of books called “Little Shaq” for early readers, USA Today reported.

“Little Shaq” will be based on O’Neal’s childhood and feature a series of adventures of a young Shaq and his cousin Barry.

“I am excited to be working with Bloomsbury on this project that will reach young, independent readers,” O’Neal said in a statement.

“Education is a cause that is very important to me and I love that this series will combine reading with my love of basketball. It’s a slam dunk for literacy!”

The first book is scheduled to be published in 2015.

While this is O’Neal’s first children’s book, he wrote “Shaq Uncut: My Story”, which was published in 2011. That book made headlines for its insights on his relationship with Kobe Bryant, Pat Riley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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).


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