Shaq quotes: 15 of the best Shaquille O'Neal quotes to remember in life

Shaq quotes: 15 of the best Shaquille O'Neal quotes to remember in life

Samuel Lisubila
January 18, 2023 at 8:38 AM

Shaq O'Neal is one of the most successful basketball players on earth. Since his debut in the NBA in 1992, he has been in the eyes of many. A figure to look up to, not only in basketball scenes but also in life. Here are some of Shaq's best quotes to remember in life.

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Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards on 2 April 2002 at the MCI Center in Washington. Photo by G Fiume
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O'Neal was in the NBA for 19 seasons, winning four championships with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers. A seven-foot centre weighing more than 350 pounds (158 kgs), he was a dominating figure in the paint, breaking multiple backboards that the NBA invented a rule to stop him. Here are some of the famous Shaq quotes about life.

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The mammoth-sized giant had a ruthless attitude that made any opponent afraid to go against him. He is one of the greatest players to grace the NBA hardwood and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. With the influence he gained, here are some of the messages he sent out to motivate the masses that look up to him:

15. What to worry about

I never worry about the problem. I worry about the solution.

14. Nobody is perfect

Me shooting 40 per cent at the foul line is just God's way of saying that nobody is perfect. If I shot 90 per cent from the line, it just would not be right.

13. Creating my legacy

The biggest thing that will define my legacy is how I have done it, what I have done, and who I am. I am a weird big guy. I was rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way. I went to the police academy to become a police officer. He got his master's in criminal justice and stayed out of trouble. I played for three different teams. I changed three different franchises around. This is a guy who they would have secret meetings about to change the rules. So, that will be my legacy: the most dominant player ever.
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Shaquille O'Neal celebrates against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game One of the 2001 NBA Finals on 6 June 2001 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Andy Hayt
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12. Do not vocalize your righteousness

When you're righteous, you don't have to tell people that you're righteous.

11. Why I cannot shoot

Probably a lack of concentration. I always hit them during practice. I just need to concentrate. Even though I shoot a lousy percentage, I beat many teams from the line. You have to have mechanics. But see, what people do not know about my wrists is that my wrists do not go all the way back. My wrists are crooked and do not go all the way back. I have been practicing and working on them. You cannot do everything well.

10. Things happen for a reason

Some things you just cannot question. Like you cannot question why two plus two is four. So do not question it, do not try to look it up. I do not know who made it. All I know is it was put in my head that two plus two is four. So certain things happen. Why does it rain? Why am I so good looking? I do not know.

Shaq's inspirational quotes

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Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Phoenix Suns on 22 October 1999 at the Great Western Forum arena in Los Angeles, California, United States. Photo: Donald Miralle
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Shaq has inspired many, from when he entered the NBA to his retirement years. His journey to the top has been challenging and how he dealt with the pressure is something many people value. Some of his inspirational quotes are highlighted below.

9. Simplicity

If you do not stick to simplicity, you will die a horrible death.

8. What I do for society

There was a kid with five brothers and sisters, and the family was missing for about five days. I was watching TV, they [found each other], and now they are in San Antonio. So I bought them a little apartment in San Antonio. But I am doing stuff like that all over.

7. You motivate yourself

The only person who can really motivate you is you.

6. Take accountability

You guys make the rules up, so a foul is a foul. It does not matter if a guy is bigger and stronger. It not my fault I ate my Frosted Flakes when I was little, and you ate Wheaties.

5. Winning is greater than the stats

The day I stopped worrying about stats is the day I started winning.

Shaq's funny quotes

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Shaquille O'Neal attends the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena on 2 July 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Chris Unger
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Shaquille is a unique character, a beast with a hilarious nature and a sense of humour. His teammates have praised him for his fantastic personality, which draws people to him, making him one of the most loved NBA players. The list below narrows down some of his funny quotes.

4. 2 in 1

I am a combination of the Terminator and Bambi.

3. Call me Shaqcasso

If I were a painter, you would call me Shaqcasso.

2. Strength is mental

I do not know how it is for you earthlings, but where I am from, strength is mental.

1. I made $7 million

I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, 'hey, here's 7 million; come in and do this genie movie.' What am I going to say, no?

Shaq's quotes about Kobe

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Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers show off their NBA Championship rings at Staples Center on 29 October 2002 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein
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The Shaq-Kobe duo has stood as one of the best duos in the NBA. The two were an unbreakable force, and they went ahead to win three consecutive NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002) and made an additional NBA Finals appearance in 2004. However, the fabulous pair had issues that brought forth their separation. Here is what Shaq had to say about Kobe Bryant:

6. How it was playing together

In the seven or eight years we were together, we were never together.

5. He is a weirdo

My personal opinion is, how, if you never hung out with somebody, do you know them so well? I never hung out with that dude because the dude is a weirdo.

4. Kobe's death

I will never get to see Kobe again, in real life, forever. And I just should have called. He should have called.

3. Kobe's legacy

Mamba, you were taken away from us too soon. Your next chapter of life was just beginning. But now it's time for us to continue your legacy.

2. Mamba mentality

You know what, this kid is not going to back down to nobody.

1. Is Kobe a hero?

Kobe always tried to be a hero. But you know, as the saying goes, a hero ain't nothing but a sandwich.

Shaq's quotes about money

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Shaquille O'Neal was seen on 2 January 2023 in Miami, Florida. Photo: 305pics
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O'Neal accumulated a ton of success throughout his NBA career and became one of the most successful athletes ever. His salary, coupled with a plethora of endorsements, led to a great deal of income that he enjoys today. After his retirement, he has amassed an incredible net worth of $400 million with various investments and businesses. Here is Shaq's view on money:

6. I just want to play

I am tired of hearing about money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, and wear Reebok.

5. Save

Save, save, save. Put away a piece of every paycheck. It will add up throughout the year even if it is only $50 or $100.

4. What matters is how you use your money

It is not about how much money you make. The question is, are you educated enough to keep it?

3. Money did not change me

I do not believe I have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume that you have changed because now you have money.

2. Importance of education

To all the young people out there who think money and fame are important, that is only a small piece of the pie. You need the education to be totally secure in life. I feel very secure I can go get a real job now.

1. The Jeff Bezos effect

I heard Jeff Bezos say one time that he makes his investments based on whether they will change people's lives. Once I started doing that strategy, I think I probably quadrupled what I am worth.
Did the NBA make a rule because of Shaq?
Former Los Angeles Lakers player Shaquille O'Neal poses in front of his statue after a ceremony at Staples Center on 24 March 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian
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Did the NBA make a rule because of Shaq?

O'Neal was a dominant force in the paint. However, he could not shoot free throws. Because of this, players would intentionally foul him even without the ball for him to go to the line and hopefully miss the free throws, a move named the Hack-a-Shaq. Thankfully in 2016, the NBA made a rule to limit the Hack-a-Shaqs in a game.

Why did Shaq O'Neal fight Kobe?

Shaq and Kobe had differences while playing together, but the feud never got physical. However, a fight erupted in a scrimmage during the 1998-99 NBA lockout. It is reported that the two got into an argument and threw hands at each other, but thankfully no punch landed.

What does the name 'Shaquille O'Neal' mean?

Shaquille is an Arabic name that means 'little worrior'. It was given to him by his mother, with whom they have a strong bond. "My mother is my best friend," Shaq says.

What does the name 'Shaquille O'Neil' mean?
Shaquille O'Neal attends a basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on 12 February 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Noel Vasquez
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Shaquille has been sensational throughout his life on and off the court. His hard work and determination made him one of the greatest to play the game. Giving such inspiration to many, his quotes will be remembered for generations to come.

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