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Professional athletes keep their sport close to home
Professional athletes keep their sport close to home

These are not your ordinary garage basketball hoops. Over-the-top homes are common among big name professional athletes, as massive contracts, competition and ego have produced awe-inducing purchases. So it should come as no surprise that the homes also include outsized amenities catering to their owners' respective professions. When Shaquille O'Neal, then with the Orlando Magic, was in Los Angeles to film the action-comedy "Kazaam," the notoriously bad free-throw shooter had one request for his $20,000-a-month rental in Beverly Hills: an area for shooting baskets. After signing with the Lakers the following year, in 1996, he converted the tennis court at a Beverly...