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The Orlando Magic are inducting Shaquille O'Neal into the team's Hall of Fame. The Magic announced O'Neal's addition Thursday. He will be honored on March 27 when the Magic host the Detroit Pistons. The perennial All-Star and No. 1 overall draft pick in 1992 becomes the third inductee into the Magic Hall. O'Neal joins Magic co-founder Pat Williams and the Magic's first-ever draft pick Nick Anderson, who made up the inaugural class in 2014. NBA.com

The Orlando Magic will induct perennial NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal into its Hall of Fame March 27, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in Amway Center, near the Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience. O’Neal becomes the third inductee into the Magic Hall of Fame. In addition to the induction ceremony, O’Neal will be honored that night during the Magic’s matchup vs. Detroit. Tickets to the game are available through www.orlandomagic.com or by calling 1-800-4-NBATIX. NBA.com

“The Orlando Magic are honored to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our history,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “Shaq made a tremendous impact on our franchise during his time with us and we are thrilled to recognize him as our third inductee into the Magic Hall of Fame. He carries on a great legacy of those who made the greatest contribution to the rich history of the Orlando Magic.” The Magic unveiled its inaugural Hall of Fame class on April 9, 2014 naming the first two inductees, Magic co-founder and Senior Vice President Pat Williams and the team’s first-ever draft pick and current Community Ambassador Nick Anderson. NBA.com

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Why do you think Jackson would write such negative things about you? Was he trying to psychologically motivate you, or is he just kind of a weird, arrogant person? Kobe Bryant: Well, most successful people are a little arrogant.... I was very stubborn. I was like a wild horse that had the potential to become Secretariat, but who was just too fucking wild. So part of that was him trying to tame me. He's also very intelligent, and he understood the dynamic he had to deal with between me and Shaq. So he would take shots at me in the press, and I understood he was doing that in order to ingratiate himself to Shaq. And since I knew what he was doing, I felt like that was an insult to my intelligence. I mean, I knew what he was doing. Why not just come to me and tell me that? GQ.com

So would you say the perception of him being lazy was inaccurate? Kobe Bryant: He had years where he was lazy. But during those three championships we won? To say he was a beast would be an understatement. To say I didn't learn things from him that I still use to this day would be a disservice. To be fair, I think what happened is that, as you get older, your body starts breaking down, and you have to really love the process in order to get through that. GQ.com

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“I’m not concerned by that,” Rivers said. “I’ve seen Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal] win titles, Bill Russell win titles, Dennis Rodman win titles. So there’s a lot of guys that have missed free throws and won a lot of NBA titles, so that’s not a concern for me at all. What D.J. does for our team is far more valuable than those missed free throws. “I can’t remember the last time he didn’t [have energy for us]. He plays with great spirit and plays hard pretty much every night and he does everything right for us. I agree with Jeff Van Gundy, he should just go walk out on the All-Star Game and go play. Just start playing. Nobody’s going to tell him to get off [the court]. So I think he should just go do it.” Boston Globe

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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

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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

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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

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