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And now for a story that has everything. We're talking a legendary basketball player, a reality television star, a world famous eatery, jokes and so much more — literally everything you could ever hope to be in an NBA story. It's that good.

Naturally, it comes from TMZ.

Sources at the Waffle House -- yeah, we got those too -- tell us Shaq arrived with Hoopz from the VH1 reality show "Flavor of Love" ... and they both saddled up at the counter.

We're told they each ordered scrambled eggs with cheese and a waffle -- and Shaq had an orange juice ... an OJ that would play a key role in the prank when Shaq got up to use the bathroom.


We're told Hoopz pulled the 'ol "Dump the salt in the OJ" routine -- and when Shaq returned from the can, he took a big, fat sip of the tainted concoction. We're told everybody laughed at the gag ... including the big man.

But the best part of the meal -- when it came time to pay the $20 bill ... Shaq left a $30 tip.

Ahhh, yes, the ol' "dump the salt in the OJ" routine — vintage prank. I remember one April Fools' Day having a similar joke pulled on me, so I really feel for Shaq. Talk about a major disappointment, thinking you're going to have a delicious glass of orange juice only to find out your refreshing liquid has been defiled by your one true love. Tragic.

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Great zing, but this is kind of dirty pool by Hoopz. I mean, as Shaq's new girlfriend, she has to know just how sacred food is to the big galoot. If he can't relax and enjoy his orange juice at a Waffle House without fear of getting salted, where can he feel safe? Yeah, sure, probably Taco Bell, but they're not open for breakfast.

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