HoopsHype Shaquille O'Neal rumors

LATEST HOOPSHYPE VIDEOS

February 23, 2015 Updates
February 17, 2015 Updates

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

February 16, 2015 Updates
February 8, 2015 Updates

“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

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

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.