Christina M. Tapper

10 Questions With...Shaquille O'Neal

  • 10 Questions
  • Christina M. Tapper
  • October 14, 2011, 3:43 PM

You would think Shaquille O’Neal would have a ton of time on his hands after announcing his retirement from the NBA in June, right? But the big man’s schedule is jam-packed—he’s completing schoolwork for his PhD program, receiving private instruction in film directing, and even loaning his voice to an interactive undersea adventure.

O’Neal recently introduced “Shaq’s Little Fishy Things,” an iPhone and iPad application for kids ages four and up. The app, which features high-definition video, animation, and facts about ocean inhabitants, is a fun, digital learning tool guided by the All-Star center. “Kids are on phones and iPads more and more now, so I thought this would be a cool way for them to learn and keep them entertained,” O’Neal says. “I like fish, kids like fish, so this was a fun way for me to get involved.”

Despite a hectic schedule, the three-time NBA Finals MVP came up from his underwater world to answer’s 10 Questions.

What time is your alarm set for?
11:30 a.m. I go to bed late. I’m nocturnal, so I wake up a little late.

Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry ice cream?
Vanilla all the way!

What was your childhood nickname?
JC for Just Cool. Don’t ask why!

If you weren’t an athlete, what would you want to do?
I’d want to be a sheriff of a small town. I’m really interested in law enforcement and I’m all about the community, so that would be a good fit for me.

Why do you wear the jersey number you do?
I changed jersey numbers a few times, but the last number I wore was 36. My jersey number was always in the 30s throughout my career, so three was always in there. The six in 36 was for the six teams I played for.

What is your favorite city to compete in?
I Love Dallas, New York and LA. They are big market cities and I have always felt in order to gain respect as a player, you have to play well in those in those cities.

What do you do on days off?
I try to get a lot of rest. I’m also working on my PhD in human resource development at Barry University right now and writing my dissertation. I’m hoping to graduate next year.

Who is the greatest athlete of all-time?
That’s a tough question. There are a lot of them. Each sport is different. That question is hard. I can’t answer it!

Who is your best friend in sports?
[Former NBA forward] Dennis Scott. Our friendship started when we played for the Orlando Magic and we’re still close. Now that I joined the TNT team [as an NBA analyst] we’re going to be working together. I’m going to see a lot more of my buddy.

What is the last (non-food) item that you purchased?
A nail clipper. My nails were getting long. I was in CVS, walked down aisle and  spotted the clipper. Oh and I bought a nose hair clipper too. Nose hairs can’t get too long! (laughs)

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Shaq is a super eveything, hes a super player, actor, advertiser and most of all MAN!!

Shaq an't a fool

1. This is for the editor- "Love" on the question, "What is your favorite city to compete in?" shouldn't be capitalized, unless if this was taken from a series of E-mails or written or typed answers, because they must be posted as they are, or else they would be the "author's answers".

2. To all the Blake Griffin fans, he is not the complete, dominant player Shaq was of his time.

3. To everybody- Please spell correctly.


yo shaq is a beast

Shaq is cool funny and awesome all in a 7 some man



shaq is AWESOME bros !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yeah, he is Awesome! I really like the Ten Questions things 'cuz then I can learn lots of intreresting things about Athletes! I want to be one when I grow up.


can someone give me some food here? I am starving!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yea, Shaq is amazing. Blake Griffin will be a better complete player in a few years, but for now, Shaq reigns.

Shaq is my all time favorite! I'm a big fan! But now he's too tired to play. I would have done the same.

shaw the MAN



Shaq was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why did he retire??????????????????? I bet u nobody will ever know.

i got front row seats to LeBrons mvp thing at akron and i gave shaq a high five and my hand was like a penny on his hand.

Shaq retired cause he was terrible in his last season.We are now in the Blake Griffin era. GO BLAKE!!!!!!!!!!!

Blake will never top Shaq.

So Marc Gasol is part of a Big 3 but his bro isnt?

Shaq is 10x better than Blake.

1.Blake Griffin will never never put up the same numbers as Shaq. Griffin can't keep himself from getting hurt. Griffin's carreer will rank up with the best big men ever, he just will not put up the numbers.
2. When Shaq gets his Ph.D, are we supposed to call him Dr. Shaq?
3. While I will agree that CP3 is a great player, and teaming him up with Blake was a great move on the part of the Clippers,the tamdem is not as amazing as, yes you are reading this right, Memphis's Big Three. I think the only Big Threes in the NBA are Boston(Rondo,Garnett,Pierce)OKC(Durant,Westbrook,Green) Miami(Of course)New York (Lin,Stoudemire,Anthony) and Memphis(Gasol,Randolph,Gay).I can't even call either LA team a big 3. They don't have the third leg. Andrew Bynum can't be included with Kobe and Pau quite yet. The Clippers got nobody beside CP3 and griffin.

Derick Rose Rocks!

Shaq is awesome but Blake Griffin is a better player

YOUR WRONG how what your talking about he retired because he was getting to old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

not true man shaq is a beast.but...he was defintly best at lakers.

Blake+CP3=Sick Combo!

shaq was the next wilt chamberlan

Shaq got speed and dunking style. why did shaq retiement

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