Shaquille O’Neal is considered by far as the most powerful player to ever dominate the game of basketball.
Maximizing his 7’1” frame and 325-pound weight, the single-powerful force in the middle dunked his way for points or simply overpowered his defenders during his colorful 19-year NBA career.
As the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, the Louisiana State University product immediately made an impact, turning the Orlando Magic into instant title contender. He led the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals where they were eventually swept by Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets, 4-0.
He then moved to the Los Angeles Lakers, leading the purple-and-gold franchise to a three-peat from 2000-2002. He later on brought his power-playing ways to Miami in 2004 and in his third season, led the Heat to the 2006 NBA title.
He also played briefly for the Phoenix Suns, joined forces with Lebron James in Cleveland, before ending his career with the Boston Celtics in 2010-2011.
At the end of the 2011 season, Shaq called it quits as he compiled 28,596 points, 13,099 rebounds and 2,732 blocks in 1,207 games.
By the time he retired, no one has equalled or surpassed what he has done on the court. And it would probably take another lifetime to see a player of his magnitude.
Things have changed a lot in the post-Shaq era. No more overpowering dunks. No more big smile or clowning from a 7’1″ guy before the start of the game or just before giving in for an interview.
Change. It’s simply a natural part of our lives.
Few things stay the same. Brand new jeans will fade in a few years. Friends may come and go. Teachers come in and out of our lives.
But there’s one that never changes: God.
Malachi 3:6, I am the Lord, I do not change.
We can all count on Him in every circumstance we face because He is the One God who cares and loves forever.