Latest Shaqness

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The first time I ever heard Dale Brown speak, I wanted to go out and play basketball.


It was a Saturday afternoon - January 3, 1976. And Brown was interviewed by analyst Joe Dean before a game televised by TVS from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers were about to play Auburn. You would have thought, LSU was on its way to a national championship and not a 102-86 loss and a 12-14 season – Brown’s third straight losing campaign in his fourth season as LSU’s basketball coach.

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It's been a year in the making, but Shaquille O'Neal finally got his massive custom bike from the guys at Orange County Choppers ... and judging by the pics, it was definitely worth the wait.

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Did you know Odell Beckham Jr.'s father had a very famous roommate at LSU? Does the name Shaquille O'Neal ring a bell?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.

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Perhaps no basketball player instigated and drew more contact than Shaquille O’Neal. He overpowered opponents on offense, could send them toppling like bowling pins and was rarely budged on defense.


But once as a collegian, O’Neal lost a battle. He was feeling sick and decided to sleep in, missing a class.

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The TODAY anchors got a special surprise Saturday morning when they saw former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal knocking on the window of Studio 1A. They let him in from the cold to take a seat on the coach, and to compare heights with TODAY’s 4-foot-11 Sheinelle Jones.

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Charles Barkley may have never won an NBA title, but he has completed one feat that four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal could not: The Cookie Challenge. On "Inside The NBA" Thursday night, Shaq attempted to complete the challenge of eating a cookie off of the top of his head without using his hands.

He failed.

Enjoy watching Chuck complete the challenge below.

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So, Shaquille O'Neal stole a TMZ photog yesterday ... right off the street ... and it was hilarious. 

The "hostage" was our guy Adam -- who was shooting Shaq out in NYC when the former NBA star decided he was just gonna take him ... as payback for Harvey not answering his call last week. 

(For the record, Harvey disputes ducking Shaq's call ... though he doesn't really remember).  

Shaq and his prisoner went all over the city together ... from "The View" to "Good Morning America" ... with Adam documenting his captivity every step of the way. 

A few things we learned about Shaq during the crisis ...

-- He loves Maury Povich (and bets with his friends on the "Who's the Daddy" segments)
-- He's a huge "Ray Donovan" fan
-- He actually uses Icy Hot in real life

As for Adam ... no word if Shaq ever let him go. We haven't gotten around to calling him back yet.

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Fans of a certain age might not remember this, but Shaquille O’Neal – a four-time NBA champion, a three-time Finals MVP and a 15-time All-Star – always played Patrick Ewing tough. Very tough.


As it turns out, there’s a reason why.

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Shaquille O’Neal was in New York City on Tuesday morning making the rounds, so he made it a point to stop by and visit with Boomer and Craig in the Allstate Studio.