Ball Don't Lie - NBA

You know what they say about love — sometimes you'll find it in the strangest places. Sometimes you find it hiding in New Zealand and sometimes you find it on a televised dating show featuring the hypeman from a 1980s rap group. Like I said, strange places.

But both of those two love stories are true. One belongs to your humble author and the other to the biggest Celtic who has ever lived — Shaquille O'Neal(notes). Just a tiny hint, I'm not dating the winner of "Flavor of Love," "I Love Money," and the hearts of both Flavor Flav and Shaquille O'Neal. And I certainly didn't ask her to marry me, which Shaq may have done. This tale of young love comes from the St. Louis Dispatch:

After a day at the Country Club of St. Albans, Shaquille O'Neal had dinner in town Monday night and then showed up about 11:30 p.m. at the Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine and Hookah Lounge in Bridgeton, according to the lounge owner.

Owner Sam David said he and his wife, Majdolin David, were about to close up when the unmistakable Shaq showed up with a party of four - three women and another man.

"I think he may have proposed to his girlfriend," Sam David said today. "He brought a chair into the middle of the dance floor and he put a ring on her finger."

David said he did not know the name of the woman who was with Shaq, nor of any of the others in the new Boston Celtics center's entourage.

That unknown woman with Shaq-Fu — as SPORTSbyBROOKS first reported and I hinted at in a previous paragraph and blatantly revealed in a post Tuesday — is Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander, who is clearly a big basketball fan just judging by her name. We all know how much Shaq likes joking around, so it must have been the ol' salted juice trick that really convinced him he wanted to be with Flavor Flav's ex-girlfriend for the rest of his life.

Unfortunately Sam David didn't get the whole story, so we can't be positive whether or not Shaq is getting married again for sure. However, if there were one NBA player who isn't Lamar Odom(notes) that I would peg as a guy who marries reality TV stars, it'd be Shaq. I mean, Shaq has a reality show and his ex-wife has a reality show — it makes sense that he'd want to keep a good thing going. And if he is getting married, he's already got the musical guest covered, for there is no better way to start a marriage than with the sultry sounds of Shaq's good friend Justin Bieber. Trust me.

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