There are many names for four-time NBA champion and future Hall of Fame great Shaquille O’Neal—many of which he has given himself: The Big Aristotle, The Big Galactus, Shaqtus, Diesel, Steel and Hobo Master (yes, Hobo Master) among others.
Thursday O’Neal celebrated his birthday. After a long NBA career and continued success off the court, perhaps it’s time to consider a new name…perhaps The Big Father Time?
As he continues to grow older, his popularity still remains. Three of the basketball organizations that he played for professionally—stateside and in international play (having won gold medals in the ’94 FIBA World Championship and ’96 Summer Olympics)—took time recognize his birthday.
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) March 6, 2014
Unfortunately, the NBA Twitter account erred in their assessment of Shaq’s age, though I’m sure that he would welcome the error as a compliment. He is, in fact 42 years old (born in 1972).
— FIBA (@FIBA) March 6, 2014
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) March 6, 2014