HoopsHype Shaquille O'Neal rumors

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

August 21, 2014 Updates
August 13, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will square off against former teammate Pau Gasol and the revamped Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day next season, according to multiple league sources. It will be the Lakers' 16th straight Christmas Day game, dating back to 1999, but the first they've played on the road since going to Miami to play Shaquille O'Neal and the Heat in 2006. ESPN.com

August 12, 2014 Updates

According to former coach Alvin Gentry, Shaq would set up ambushes of teammates on the regular, where he would run after and tackle one, wearing nothing but a menacing smile (and perhaps his Jiu-Jitsu rank belt?). Gentry revealed the disturbing "prank" details in a recent interview. "The thing that he did that he got to be notorious for is that, every few days or every week or so, he would decide that it was time for this Brazilian naked wrestling contest," Gentry said. "You would never know who the chosen one was, but what would happen when you least expect it, this 7-foot, 310-pound guy would turn the corner, and he would be stark naked and he would run right at you full speed, grab you, he would take you to the floor and then he would do about five rollovers with you. And he would always tell our trainers who it was going to be, so they were always prepared for it, but you never knew who it was going to be." Yahoo! Sports Philippines

August 7, 2014 Updates

In an interview with TrueHoop's Henry Abbott, former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry shared a tale of Shaq's passion for pranks, providing a mental image you'll wish you could scrub clean with a wire brush. "The thing that he did that he got to be notorious for is that, every few days or every week or so, he would decided that it was time for this Brazilian naked wrestling contest. You didn't know who the chosen one was, but what would happen when you least expect it, this 7-foot, 310-pound guy would turn the corner, and he would be stark naked and he would run right at you full speed, grab you, he would take you to the floor and then he would do about five rollovers with you. And he would always tell our trainers who it was going to be, so they were always prepared for it, but you never knew who it was going to be." Yahoo! Sports

July 31, 2014 Updates

A Michigan man who has a rare genetic disorder that affects his facial features is suing former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and two others for mocking a selfie he posted online. Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The Detroit Free Press says Binion took a picture of himself last summer, and it later was mocked by O'Neal on Instagram and Twitter. A number of others mocked it online as well. ESPN.com

July 30, 2014 Updates

Binion said O’Neal and Burke later called him to apologize and the trio posted apologies on Twitter. Binion’s condition, called ectodermal dysplasia, can affect a person’s appearance and cause health problems. In Binion’s case, he does not sweat, and the condition has affected his hair and teeth. If he gets overheated and can’t cool himself down, he said, he could faint or suffer heat stroke. Detroit Free Press

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