Future NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille Oâ€™Neal has been described as basketball’s Renaissance Man in recent years. Retiring last year after playing almost 20 years in the league, his career netted him four Championships and also a place in the top ten of all time NBA scoring leaders. â€œThe Big Aristotle,â€ as Shaq likes to dub himself, now has a new life as an analyst for TNT Sports.
During his NBA career, Oâ€™Neal also had plenty of off-the-court extracurricular activities. He was a big humanitarian, acting as an ambassador for the NBA in many ways with his colorful and hilarious â€œgentle giantâ€ personality. He even had a rap â€œcareer,â€ which, the less said about it the better. AND, most memorably in the most bizarre way, he appeared as an Aladdin-the-hood in the 1996 fantasy-comedy film Kazaam. That film made Shaq fans around the world shake their collective heads, wondering why Oâ€™Neal would undertake such a crazy, ridiculous, so bad itâ€™s good, hip hop genie in a bottle project. In this monthâ€™s GQ magazine, Shaq answers the question weâ€™ve all been wondering about for so long.
â€œI was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, â€˜Hey, hereâ€™s $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.â€™ What am I going to say, no?â€
The film cost $20 million to make, nearly a third of it being Shaqâ€™s salary, and didnâ€™t even break even at the box office. BUT, it is remembered as a cinematic train wreck to gleefully relish, on par with Ben Affleckâ€™s messy, pox-ridden 2003 A-bomb failure Gigli. Like Affleckâ€™s career after that kettle of fish disaster with a capital D, Shaquille Oâ€™Neal has also obviously â€œreboundedâ€ since his cinematic debacle as well, pun firmly intended.
Check out the video here below with scenes from Kazaam of Shaq rapping.