Shaquille O’Neal, the 7-foot-1 Basketball Hall of Famer, is back in the spotlight less than five months after a major hip surgery. The 51-year-old recently shared a video of himself at the gym, showcasing his impressive physique after months of intensive training following his hip replacement. Fans have been lauding Shaq for his determination and resilience.
Four-time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal, widely regarded as one of basketball’s greatest, didn’t slow down after retiring in 2011. Apart from his legendary sports career, he’s also ventured into acting, hosting, music, and philanthropy. Known in the music industry as Shaq Diesel or Shaq Fu, O’Neal has a rich history with hip-hop.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) March 19, 2023
He released four albums in the ’90s; his debut album went platinum while the second achieved gold status. Recently, he collaborated with artists Blackway and Koko on a new track, “King Talk”, marking the NBA Playoffs.
Today, Shaquille O’Neal is more recognized in music as DJ Diesel, spinning electronic dance tracks and touring globally. He’s also ventured into acting, with a memorable appearance on Discovery Channel’s 2018 Shark Week, showcasing his fear of sharks in a comedic segment.
Beyond his diverse pursuits, Shaq shines as a sports analyst on “Inside the NBA”. With a massive following on social media, O’Neal’s sudden silence in March concerned many. However, on March 19th, he broke his silence with a Twitter post showing him in a hospital bed, leaving fans eager for updates.
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Shaquille O’Neal quickly eased fans’ concerns after revealing his hip replacement surgery, assuring them he was doing fine. Merely a week after the surgery, Shaq shared a touching video of him, in evident pain and using a crutch, heading to the gym for a workout. His determination was clear with his caption, hinting at a strong comeback: “bout to get my game back alll you old dudes that hoop…i’m coming for yall.” The post drew heartfelt reactions, including comments from Jamie Foxx, who said it almost brought him to tears, and Arsenio Hall who expressed his unwavering support for Shaq.
Since his surgery, Shaquille O’Neal, affectionately known as “Superman”, has been actively updating fans on his recovery and other pursuits. From sharing workout progress to DJing moments and basketball insights, Shaq has remained in the limelight. In a recent Instagram post, he displayed his awe-inspiring strength. Set to a powerful tune with the lyrics “I am a warrior, a destroyer”, O’Neal dramatically tore off his tank top, flaunting his impressive physique. He then channeled his inner bodybuilder, striking poses reminiscent of Mr. Olympia, leaving fans astounded by his immense size and dedication.
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Shaquille O’Neal recently tagged Phil Health, the seven-time Mr. Olympia champion, on Instagram, humorously suggesting they were one and the same in a past life. He captioned the post: “in my former life I was [Phil Health] we almost there…” In a spirited reply, Health hinted at a possible gym face-off with Shaq, praising the basketball legend’s progress.
Fans also weighed in. One rued Shaq’s form from the early 2000s, musing on missed championships with Kobe. Another humorously likened the size of Shaq’s shirt to a shared blanket. Through all his endeavors, Shaq’s unwavering determination stands out, especially in his recovery post-surgery. Spread the word and celebrate the continued greatness of Shaquille O’Neal!