Shaquille O’Neal once admitted his religious beliefs while revealing the dream of the Hajj pilgrimage

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is the perfect fit. He has millions of fans around the world and has made a name for himself on and off the pitch. Additionally, Shaq’s association with “Inside the NBA” helped boost his image as a media personality.

Interestingly, Shaq called himself a people person when a reporter asked him a question regarding his faith. In true Shaq fashion, he had an original answer to the question.

CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 20: Shaquille O’Neal speaks onstage during the Turner Session at Cannes Lions Festival 2018 on June 20, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Cannes Lions)

O’Neal said:I’m Muslim, I’m Jewish, I’m Buddhist, I’m everyone because I’m a people person.As fans wondered what Shaq’s faith was, the four-time NBA champion himself revealed it in 2010. He spoke about his plans for an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, popularly known as of Hajj.

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Shaquille O’Neal – one of the greatest of all time

Shaquille O’Neal was one of the top prospects when he entered the NBA draft class in 1992. Subsequently, he was selected 1st overall by the Orlando Magic. He led the way in his first season itself when O’Neal won the Rookie of the Year award. Shaq averaged 23.4 points, 1.9 assists and 13.9 rebounds.

Phenomenal numbers like these landed him a move to the Los Angeles Lakers, a trade that brought together two of the biggest superstars of the era. The Lakers boasted of having the duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Together they led the lake show to titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

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However, all was not well between him and Kobe. The franchise traded him to the Miami Heat where he teamed up with a young Dwyane Wade. Shaq formed another strong partnership with DWade by winning his fourth and final ring in 2006.

Shaquille O’Neal retired with an average of 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists during a career spanning 20 seasons and playing for 6 league teams.

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Ruth R. Culp