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Shaquille O'Neal's 5-foot-2 girlfriend carries him [Video]

How much manpower does it take to lift 7-foot-1, 325-pound Shaquille O'Neal?

None.

Before you think that was a trick question and the answer is a fork lift, watch the video above in which O'Neal's 5-foot-2 girlfriend, Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander, carries the behemoth across Jimmy Kimmel's stage while wearing what appears to be four-inch high heels.

She hobbles about six steps, looking like a tick carrying an elephant, then she topples over.

Considering that many huge NBA players weren't able move O'Neal out of the key, it's pretty remarkable that this tiny woman was able to transport him as far as she did.

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How Shaq chooses to spend $848

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Maxim recently gave Shaquille O'Neal $848 and took him to an Orlando mall to see how the four-time NBA champion would opt to spend the money.

On the drive over, he spent $500.

He pulled in front of a building he owned and gave two workers who were cutting the grass $100 each. Before long, he was swarmed by women wanting to take his photo. He decided to give them $300 of ching ching too.

“Those guys were working hard, sweating,” O'Neal said to the magazine, which we can't link to because of its risque photos. “They didn’t know it, but they were working on the grounds of a building I own. I like to take care of people who take care of me, make ’em smile.”

When he arrived at Mall at Millenia, he tipped the valet $40.

As O'Neal sauntered around the mall in size 22 slippers, the reporter noticed that people's scowls would instantaneously morph into smiles as the 7-foot-1, 325-pounder walked by.

“I get love from everyone: grandmas, gangsters, thugs," O'Neal explained.

He went on to purchase a $60 uControl Cloud Force RC helicopter and a $25 toy for his niece from Brookstone.

“I’ve gone through at least 100 of these things, for real,” O'Neal said of the helicopter. “I get them in the air, and then I get excited, lose control, and crash.”

He went to Starbucks next, where he bought a slice of pound cake and $70 worth of frappes for everyone in line.

O'Neal was once approached by Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz to invest in bringing the coffee chain to more urban communities. O'Neal declined the opportunity, a decision he regrets to this day.

"I’ve never seen a black person drink coffee," O'Neal said. "So I passed on it, and now Magic is getting my money!"

He spent the remaining $5 on a $70 top at Victoria's Secret for his girlfriend, Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander, who appeared on VH1’s "Flavor of Love."

As he searched for the perfect outfit, dozens of people followed him around.

“Can’t I buy some bras and panties without someone wanting a picture?” O'Neal said, laughing.

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 Photo: Shaquille O'Neal. Credit: Sean Gardner / Reuters

Shaquille O'Neal subtracts one from Miami's 'Big 3'

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Everyone knows about the Miami Heat's "Big 3" -- everyone, that is, except Shaquille O'Neal.

Making his debut as a full-fledged NBA analyst on NBA TV's show announcing the 2011-12 season, O'Neal raved about the Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, referring to them as the "Big 2."

He made no mention of Chris Bosh, the player who completes the trio known by many as the "Big 3" ever since James and Bosh joined Wade with the Heat via free agency last summer.

"The Miami Heat, they've got a lot of great players, the 'Big 2.' They will be back," O'Neal said, referring to the Heat's series loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. "LeBron James is taking a lot of criticism, but I know LeBron very well. He hears everything that everyone is saying, so I think he's going to come back and have an MVP year this year."

O'Neal, who recently retired after 19 NBA seasons and landed a gig as an NBA analyst on TNT, later laughed off the suggestion that his "Big 2" comment would start some controversy. Once again, he made no mention of Bosh.

"Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, you know, they're great players, they're probably the greatest backcourt ever assembled," O'Neal said. "And you know, they're going to get back. They're going to get back. They play well, they went through a lot, they put a lot of pressure on themselves. That's how they like it. And they will be back."

Maybe O'Neal just likes being the one who hands out nicknames with the word "big" in them (although he usually gives those nicknames to himself).

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Photo: Shaquille O'Neal announces his retirement from the NBA in June. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press

Shaquille O'Neal to join Charles Barkley on TNT show

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will join TNT's popular NBA studio show, which is hosted by Ernie Johnson and made fun and interesting by analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.

Turner Sports made the announcement Thursday morning.

O'Neal, a 15-time NBA All-Star and once a sometimes contentious teammate of Kobe Bryant on the Lakers, said Thursday that he was not put off by the idea that comparisons of his rocky relationship with Bryant might be made with his role with Barkley, who is outspoken and who relishes his role as opinion-maker at TNT.

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Shaquille O'Neal goes out in his own style

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Say whatever you want about Shaquille O'Neal, but the big center conducted his retirement announcement news conference just as you might expect. The man has been a performer from his first days in the league ... and a good one, at that.

As he opened the session at his home in Florida, he was handed a cellphone and had a faux conversation, then told the assembled group (something along the size of a presidential press corps) that the New York Knicks were calling and offering him the general manager's job. He said he'd be there Monday.

He later closed his prepared arguments with a Shaq-like comment on his future, assuring everyone they'd be seeing him for the next 19 years on TV, rattling off a series of networks before closing that he'll be ready to take calls in his office on Monday.

He finally referred to himself with another nickname in a long series of names that have helped define the person: From this point on, he is to be referred to as "The Big AARP."

The guess here is that we haven't begun to see the last of Shaq, a dominant player who wasn't without his flaws but who was a singular talent and personality.

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Photo: Shaquille O'Neal in 2005. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press

Shaquille O'Neal's retirement will be watchable. Quotable too?

ESPN and NBA TV are going all out Friday to cover Shaquille O'Neal's retirement announcement.

ESPN's coverage will begin during its Friday morning "SportsCenter" and will feature live reports from reporters Jeannine Edwards and Jackie MacMullan from O'Neal's home in Isleworth, Fla. The 10 a.m. PDT "SportsCenter" will have the O'Neal news conference live and afterward there will be a one-on-one interview with O'Neal by MacMullan.

NBA TV will also air O'Neal's announcement live at 10 a.m. PDT and will also offer live streaming coverage on Nba.com. This coverage will be anchored by Marc Fein and Antonio Davis.

-- Diane Pucin

Remember when Shaq was the Big Venus de Milo?

 

Shaq’s statue pose struck a chord.

Shaquille O’Neal left a memorable imprint on the NBA in his 19 seasons in the league, along with significant imprints on the bodies of those who tried to guard him in the post – at least in his prime.

But for a select group fans in New England before this season, Shaq’s most memorable moment may have come while he wasn’t moving a muscle, sitting in Harvard Square without uttering a word.

O’Neal tweeted one October afternoon that he would appear as a statue in Harvard Square and remain motionless for an hour so that fans could take photographs with him. In a move that separates him from the vast majority of high-profile athletes these days, he followed through on the promise.

Word was that he occasionally cracked a small smile after comments from the fans, though he remained statue-like and wordless. After a bit over an hour, he silently rose and walked slowly to a red van and drove off. Hard to imaging many other athletes doing something along those lines. 

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Shaquille O'Neal announces his retirement

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Shaquille O'Neal, at 39 the NBA's oldest player, announced Wednesday on Twitter, quite simply, "im retiring," which, if it holds true, should end his 19-season NBA career for the former All-Star center who helped win the Lakers three titles. 

O'Neal also posted a link to a video that shows him seated at an office desk, addressing a camera with a smile, "We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first that I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon."

The 7-foot-1, 325-pound former No. 1 overall draft pick of the Orlando Magic in 1992 center averaged 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in his career but played sparingly in his final season with the Boston Celtics. 

O'Neal was a 15-time All-Star, four-time NBA champion -- three with the Lakers, one with Miami -- and the 1999-2000 MVP. He is considered one of the most dominant players to have played the game.

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Photo: Shaquille O'Neal. Credit: Lynn Sladky / Associated Press

Dwight Howard says his first choice is to stay with Orlando Magic

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It was 15 years ago that Orlando's superstar center (Shaquille O'Neal) came to the Lakers ... and the rest was history.

And now that history is going to repeat itself, with another superstar center (Dwight Howard) ready to make the jump from Orlando to L.A.

Right?

Not so fast, Howard told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday. He said that did not necessarily want to follow Shaq's path from one coast to the other.

"I'm not trying to run behind nobody like Shaq or be behind somebody else," said Howard, who can terminate his current contract with the Magic a year early and become a free agent during the summer of 2012. "I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else's path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando."

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Making sense of Shaquille O'Neal's most recent tweet

Shaquille O'Neal's most recent tweet says: "daaaang everyone is tryn to lose weight and look good. u could train wit my people n keep ur new years shaqalution."

What in the world is the Big Fella trying to say?

Vote in the poll below and leave a comment explaining your interpretation of The Big Aristotle's words of wisdom.

 

--Melissa Rohlin

Shaq (the Big Venus de Milo) poses as a statue in Harvard Square

 

Giving ammunition to the critics who have said he has been motionless on the court the last couple of seasons, Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal went to Harvard Square on Thursday, posed as a statue and allowed fans to take photos with him for nearly an hour.

O'Neal, who had tweeted his plans earlier in the day, sat on a bench in Harvard Square and fans immediately began to surround him. Despite all the commotion, Shaq remained motionless, only cracking an occasional smile at comments from onlookers.

Earlier this month, O'Neal announced his intention to become a human statue during an appearance on a Boston radio station and promised to tweet just before he did it.

He tweeted a message about his stunt about 30 minutes before he arrived, causing many Celtics fans to head to Harvard Square.

His Celtics teammates were amused at his antics.

"What's he going to do?" Paul Pierce asked. "He's just going to sit there? Somebody get a picture of that and tweet it."

When Kevin Garnett was asked by ESPNBoston.com if he'd come out for the festivities, he playfully scoffed at the idea.

"Absolutely not," said Garnett. "I will not be taking pictures of Shaq.... I'm cool. I see him in here; I'll take my pictures around here."

-- Houston Mitchell

 

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