HoopsHype Shaquille O'Neal rumors

January 29, 2015 Updates
January 25, 2015 Updates

Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is getting into the sitcom game. O’Neal, 42, will star in and produce a half-hour comedy pilot for truTV called “Shaq Inq.” The series will be a “workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O’Neal,” according to the network. There’s no word on who will co-star with O’Neal in the pilot, which he is co-executive-producing with Mike Tollin (“Smallville,” “Arli$$.”) New York Post

January 24, 2015 Updates

TruTV continues its push into original scripted programming with a pilot order to Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy truTV-Logoloosely based on the business empire of Shaquille O’Neal. The former NBA star-turned-business mogul and occasional actor will topline and executive produce the project from Mandalay Sports Media, the company launched in 2012 by Peter Guber and Mike Tollin. Tollin also executive produces the pilot, which was written by feature writer-director Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up). John Fortenberry (Galavant, Instant Mom) will direct. Deadline

January 21, 2015 Updates

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is now a reserve police officer in South Florida. Doral Police Chief Donald De Lucca swore the retired basketball player in during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Shaq had originally applied in September. He will not receive a salary and will cover his own insurance costs. ESPN.com

January 8, 2015 Updates

Tom Lorenzo: Shaquille O'Neal says that he spends $1,000 per week on apps (like, phone apps, not appetizers): youtu.be/HL4jujxGEO0?t=… Twitter @TomLorenzo

December 26, 2014 Updates

Kenny Smith shoved his Inside the NBA co-host Shaquille O’Neal into a Christmas tree during halftime of Thursday night’s holiday broadcast. My only observation or “insight” here is that it’s incredible the tree stayed upright. Shaq is a big guy and the tree appeared to be on wheels, yet it still didn’t topple all the way over. Clark Griswold would be proud. The Big Lead

December 14, 2014 Updates

Nick Young: Look at Shaq; he went out and had a movie called Kazaam. I'm trying to make Kazaam 2, with me as the star. We hope to push it to the theaters, but it might be straight-to-DVD [laughs]. I watched all of Shaq's movies. Steel, when he was the hero with the iron suit on, oh man! It's hard to act, period. So to watch somebody that's seven feet tall in an all-iron suit, that's big! Rolling Stone

December 1, 2014 Updates

For a cultural anthropology dork like me, this chart is really interesting. Look at the name "Shaquille": it's only been in the top 1,000 boys' names from 1991 through 1996. Shaquille O'Neal took over college basketball completely in 1990-91 and Kazaam was released in 1996. You do the math. Kobe was not in the top 1,000 boys' names until 1997, Kobe Bryant's rookie year. It remains in the top 500, dipping down to around No. 500 in 2005 when the Lakers' dynasty ended and picking back up in 2008 when it resumed. It is currently the most-popular, obviously NBA-infused baby name I can find. (If you find another I've missed, please share.) SB Nation

November 19, 2014 Updates

Most guys would be wary of making fun of nationally televised bumbles, fumbles, missed shots and botched plays made by massively tall men with tattooed arms and scowling faces. However, Mike Goldfarb, a 2003 Hudson High School graduate, is not like most guys. Goldfarb, 29, is creator, writer and producer of "Shaqtin' a Fool," hosted by former NBA superstar, rapper, media sensation and actor Shaquille O'Neal. The show airs as a weekly Thursday night segment during the Emmy Award winning "Inside the NBA," on Turner Network Television and as its own show on NBA TV. Hudson Hub-Times

And former Cavalier O'Neal credits the former Hudsonite with the show's success. "Mike is a great leader. He's flexible and his sense of humor is off the charts," O'Neal said. "He is the Kobe Bryant of [producers] -- in other words I could not have won multiple championships without him." Goldfarb has not been approached by any angry players -- yet. "It's funny, you would think they would get mad about us showing them committing bone-headed plays. But, the players love it," according to Goldfarb. Hudson Hub-Times

November 17, 2014 Updates
November 4, 2014 Updates

Retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is seeking the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a man he allegedly mocked on social media. Jahmel Binion, who suffers from genetic disorder hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, claims the sportsman, along with rapper Waka Flocka Flame, made disparaging comments about his looks after he uploaded a photo of himself online in April. Edmonton Sun

October 31, 2014 Updates
October 14, 2014 Updates

After that, O’Neal thinks he knows what’s needed. “For the triangle to work, you need to have two superstars,’’ he said. “It’s been proven over time. Look at what Phil needed to win his championships in Chicago. Then look what he had in L.A., with me and Kobe. You have to have two superstars playing in the triangle to win championships.’’ NBC New York

October 10, 2014 Updates
October 9, 2014 Updates

Consider that O’Neal, 42, earned more than $21 million last year through his many business partnerships and his TV work, his management team said. And while several retired athletes make more — Michael Jordan collected $90 million last year, according to a recent survey by Forbes — few can seemingly compete with the volume and variety of O’Neal products. Representatives from 19 companies showed up for the Shaq Summit. Shaq knows that it might seem like a lot of Shaq, except that he says he turns companies down. His name goes only on things that he likes, he said. Such as his Dunkman backpacks. And his soon-to-be-released line of Capelli slippers. And all four flavors of Soda Shaq. New York Times

September 21, 2014 Updates

Can share your thoughts about the domestic abuse problems that continues to be a problem in the NFL? Shaquille O'Neal: I don’t have an opinion about it. However, it is a slippery slope to tell someone how to discipline their kids. Similar to what he (Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who faces child abuse charges) did, that’s how I got disciplined and it worked for me. My grandmother, who was 4 feet 9, told me to go outside and get one (a switch). She wasn’t playing. That’s the only issue I have a problem with. But then on the other side to go back – the kid was only four. So you have to look at both sides. New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 20, 2014 Updates

What do you regret the most in your career? Shaquille O'Neal: The thing that haunts me the most is that I missed 250 games, especially when I was averaging high numbers. Right now, I'm sixth (on the NBA All-time scoring list with 28,596 total points). Lets just knock that in half (missed games), that’s another 3,000 points right there. That would put me at No. 3 or No. 2. I missed 10,000 free throws. Lets just say I only missed 7,000, that’s another 3,000 points. I might be No. 2 right now. That’s the only thing that haunts me. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Did you think LeBron James made the right decision to return home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers after playing the last four seasons with the Miami Heat and winning two NBA championships? Shaquille O'Neal: The one thing they cannot say is that he hasn’t won. He has a little pressure to win in Cleveland, but not as much. If his career ended today, what he’s got – two titles. I thought it was a good thing. They are the team to beat now. But I’m concerned about their coach and their bench, but we’ll just have to see. The good thing for them is that the East isn’t really that tough. They’ll probably have to worry about Washington and maybe Chicago. I don’t even know about Miami. They’ll win some games, but they are not one of the contenders anymore. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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