Draws For 2021-23 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Announced, USA Drawn Into Americas Group D With Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico





Basketball Hall of FamerShaquille O"Nealhas always been entertaining.

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Whether it was on the basketball court, as a studio analyst on TNT"s Inside the NBA, DJing, composing rap music, or starring in movies, television shows and commercials, he"s as well known for his fun-loving attitude as his domination on the court.

Also known for his many self-given nicknames, some of his heralded aliases include: "Shaq,""The Big Aristotle,""The Diesel,""Shaq Fu,""The Big Daddy,""Superman,""The Big Shaqtus," "The Real Deal," "Big Fella,""MDE" (Most Dominant Ever), "L.C.L" (Last Center Left), "Shaq Daddy,""Wilt Chamberneezy" and the list goes on. He even tagged memorable nicknames to some of his fellow NBA superstars,such as Paul "The Truth" Pierce, Dwyane "Flash" Wade and Tim "The Big Fundamental" Duncan.

Standing an imposing 7-foot-1, and weighing 300-plus pounds, his size and athleticism allowed him to dominate on the court unlike most have ever done.

Shaq helped lead USA Basketball teams to Olympic and FIBA World Cup gold medals,led the Los Angeles Lakers to three NBA championshipsandaided the Miami Heat to one NBA crown.

In the process of compiling a remarkable overallrecord of 819-388 for a 67.9 winning percentage during his 19 NBA regular seasons, he was selected the 2000 NBA MVP; NBA Finals MVP three times; an NBA All-Star 15 times,who won or shared NBA All-Star Game MVP honors three times;All-NBA first team eight times; All-NBA second team twice; All-NBA third team four times; NBA All-Defensive second team three times; and the 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year.

His on-court dominancewas bestillustrated during the 1999-2000 season. While playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, he led the Lakers to a 67-15 record and the NBA championship. Playing and starting in 79 of the team"s 82 games, he posted historic statistics of 40.0 minutes, 29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.8 assistsand3.0 blocks per game while shooting 57.4% from the field. Receiving 120 of the 121 first-place votes, he nearly became the first unanimous MVP player in league history. He was also recognized as the NBA Finals MVP, runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year,was named an All-Star and earned co-MVP of the mid-season game.

Halls of Fame:

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.

Inducted into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Inducted into theLouisianaStateUniversityAthletic Hall of Fame in 2000.


Named the 1994 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

Voted 1994 FIBA World Cup MVP.

Named to NBA 50th Anniversary Team.

Los Angeles Lakers officially retired his No. 34 jersey on April 2, 2013.

Miami Heat raised his No. 32 jersey during halftime of a game between the Lakers and the Heat on Dec. 22, 2016.

LSU officially retired his No. 33 jersey in December 16, 2000.

Selected in 2009 to the LSU All-Century Team.

In September 2011, a 900-pound bronze statue of O"Neal was unveiled in front of the LSU Tigers Basketball Practice Facility.

USA Basketball Notes:

Gold Medals:1996 Olympics; 1994 FIBA World Cup; 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Played for five USA Basketball teams and compiled a 29-1 record (.967 winning percentage) and captured gold at the 1996 Olympics, 1994 FIBA World Cup and 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival. Led USA National teams to a 10-0 exhibition record.

Wore No. 13 with the 1996 U.S. Olympic and 1994 USA World Cup teams.

Member of the gold medalist 1996 U.S. Olympic Team that finished with a perfect 8-0 record. Played in all eight games, started three games, averaged 9.3 ppg., a team second-best 5.3 rpg., 0.9 apg. and a team-high 1.0 bpg. Shot 62.0% from the field and 52.2% from 3-point.

Recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds as the U.S. dominated Brazil 98-75 in quarterfinals action.

During the USA National Team"s 1996 five-game pre-Olympic exhibition tour, played in all five games, started two games, averaged 10.6 ppg.,1.4 bpg. andtied for a team second-best of 5.2 rpg.Shot 61.8% from the field and 57.9% from the foul line.

Member of the gold-medal winning 1994 USA World Cup Team that finished with a perfect 8-0 record. Played in eight games, started??games, averaged a team-high 18.0ppg., a team-leading 8.5 rpg., a team-leading 1.9 bpg. and 1.1 spg. Shot 71.3% from the field and 52.6% from the foul line.

Led the USA to a 105-82 victory over Brazil in the team"s final preliminary round game and finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. Recorded 29 points in the USA"s 134-83 win over Puerto Rico, 21 points in a 111-94 win over Russia and posted 18 points and 10 rebounds in the USA"s 137-91 victory over Russia in the finals.

During the 1994 USA National Team"stwo-game, pre-World Cup exhibition tour, played in both games, averaged a team-leading 16.0 ppg. and a team-leading 7.0 rpg. Shot a team-best 71.4% from the field.

Member of 1990U.S. Olympic Festival South team that finished 3-1 and won the gold medal. Scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the festival opener against the West Team. In four Festival contests, averaged 24.5 points (98), 13.8 rebounds (55) and 5.4 (27) blocked shots per game.

USA Basketball Records:

In U.S. men"s Olympic career records: ranks sixth in blocked shots averaged (1.0) and ninth in blocked shots (8).

In USA World Cup competition records, ranks first in rebounds averaged (8.5), first in field goal percentage (71.3%), fourth in most rebounds (68), fourth for made field goals (62), fourth in blocked shots averaged (1.9), tied for fourth in blocked shots (15) and tied for eighth in points averaged (18.0).

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In USA World Cup career records, ranks first in field goal percentage (71.3%),fifth in rebounds (68) and tied for fifth in blocked shots (15).