Shaquille O'Neal Through The Years

Shaquille O'Neal turned 41 recently. here's a look back at his storied career that saw him win four NBA rings, Rookie of the Year, an Olympic gold medal and an MVP award.

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A seventeen-year-old Shaquille O'Neal being interviewed after a game for the Cole High School Cougars in San Antonio. (Getty Images)

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Shaquille O'Neal of LSU dunks against helpless defenders from the University of Tennessee Volunteers in a 1991 NCAA game. (Getty Images)

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The Orlando Magic drafted Shaquille O'Neal with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. (Getty Images)

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Shaquille O'Neal, drafted by the Orlando Magic first overall in the 1992 NBA Draft, poses with his Orlando Magic #33 jersey, which was later changed to #32. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Shaq during his first game against Michael Jordan in early 1993. (Getty Images)

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Shaquille O'Neal blocks Patrick Ewing's shot during a Magic-Knicks game in his rookie year. (Getty images) After a sterling rookie year where he averaged 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocks a game, Shaq was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1993. (Getty Images) Anfernee Hardaway joined the Magic in 1993 and teamed with Shaq to lead Orlando to its first-ever playoff appearance. (Getty Images) Shaq made his international debut in the 1994 World Championships, where he helped lead the United States to the title. (Getty Images)

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After a sterling rookie year where he averaged 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocks a game, Shaq was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1993. (Getty Images)

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Anfernee Hardaway joined the Magic in 1993 and teamed with Shaq to lead Orlando to its first-ever playoff appearance. (Getty Images)

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Shaq made his international debut in the 1994 World Championships, where he helped lead the United States to the title. (Getty Images)

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The Magic advanced to the 1995 NBA Finals, where they were swept by Hakeem Olajuwon and the defending champion Houston Rockets. (Getty Images)

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Shaq and the Magic returned to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1996, but ran into the red-hot Chicago Bulls, who swept them in four games. (Getty Images)

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Shaq won his first and only Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlante Olympics. (Getty Images)

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In 1996, Shaq bolted Orlando for L.A., where he teamed with an 18-year-old rookie named Kobe Bryant. It would be the beginning of an oftentimes contentious relationship. (Getty Images)

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Phil Jackson was named LAkers coach in 1999 and had the tough task of managing the egos of Shaq and Kobe. (Getty Images)

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Shaquille O'Neal won his only regular season MVP award in 2000. Here he is with Lakers owner Jerry Buss. (Getty Images)

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Shaq in June 2000 posing with the championship trophy and Finals MVP trophy after the Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers in six games to win their first title in 12 years. (Getty Images)

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Shaq celebrating the Lakers' second title after the Lakers finished off the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in 2001. (Getty Images)

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In the 2002 NBA Finals, Shaq overpowered the New Jersey Nets and led the Lakers to a sweep and a third straight title. (Getty Images)

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Shaq was once again named Finals MVP. He and Kobe Bryant display the championship trophy and Finals MVP trophy shortly after beating the Nets in Game 4. (Getty Images)

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In 2004 Shaq and the Lakers were back in the Finals but were stunned by the Detroit Pistons, 4-1. (Getty Images)

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After losing to the Pistons, the Lakers traded Shaq to the Miami Heat in exchange for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom and Brian Grant. (Getty Images)

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The Heat, led by Dwyane Wade and Shaq, finally broke through and won their first title in 2006, beating the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Shaq now had his fourth ring. (Getty Images)

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Shaq joined Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire in Phoenix in 2008 after being traded by the Heat in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. (Getty Images)

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After a year in Phoenix, Shaq joined LeBron James in Cleveland. The Cavs were favorites to top the East, but they were upset by the Boston Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Getty Images)

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After his stint with Cleveland, Shaq played his last season with the Boston Celtics. He was injured for most of 2010-11, prompting him to retire after the Celtics were ousted in the playoffs. (Getty Images)

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On June 3, 2011, Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement. Seated beside him in the press conference was his college coach Dale Brown. He spent 19 seasons in the NBA and finished with career averages of 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. (Getty Images)

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A natural in front of the camera, Shaq joined the TNT team of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith after he retired. (Getty Images)

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