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- Shaquille O’Neal Career Highlights – 7 Key Moment’s From Shaq’s Career - March 22, 2018
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Dunking on David Robinson
What more needs to be said? This clip from the 1996 All Star Game features O’Neal dunking over the top of NBA legend David Robinson. It’s one of Shaq’s most popular clips on YouTube.
2000 NBA Finals
In 1999, Phil Jackson joined the Los Angeles Lakers as head coach, and the success of his “triangle offense” (not to mention the presence of fellow All-Star Kobe Bryant), propelled Shaq and the team to the NBA Finals, and eventually to victory over the Indiana Pacers. It was the Lakers first championship since 1988, and the first championship of a 3-peat. Shaq was named MVP of both the Finals and the regular season.
Crossover and Dunk Manoeuvre
In this clip from an April 15th, 2002, Lakers vs. Sonics match-up, Shaq slips around Jerome James of the Sonics before connecting with the dunk. O’Neal would go on to score 41 points in the game.
Shaq vs. Charles Barkley
In an incident typically ranked with the NBA’s most intense on-court fights, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley faced off during this Fall 1999 Lakers vs. Rockets game. Barkley had attempted to bounce the ball off of Shaq’s head, which you should really avoid doing whenever possible.
Near the beginning of his career, Shaq broke the backboards in 2 separate games, against the New Jersey Nets (destroying the entire backboard) and then again in a game against the Phoenix Suns. These incidents eventually led to the NBA reinforcing the backboards, so these incidents are likely never to repeat again.
This brings us nicely onto…
Shatters Backboard During NBA Draft Combine
While practicing at the 1992 NBA Draft Combine, Shaq made a dunk that shattered the glass on the backboard entirely. Fortunately, it was all caught on video for posterity. (He was 20 years old at the time). Shaq was selected first that year, and went to the Orlando Magic.
61 Points Against the Clippers
The Lakers played against the Clippers on March 6, 2000, which also happened to be Shaq’s 28th birthday. The game was considered a Clippers “home game,” prompting Shaq to ask his crosstown rivals for some extra tickets for friends and family. The Clippers refused. Shaq responded by scoring a record 61 points against them that night, and also making some epic plays, including an infamous failed 3 pointer/alley oop pass to Kobe Bryant.