Shaquille O’Neal trough the years
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Shaq through the years

Shaquille O’Neal slams home two against the 76ers. (GARY BOGDON, ORLANDO SENTINEL)
Magic center Shaquille O’Neal leaps into Hawks Christian Laettner on his way to the basket scoring against him as Horace Grant tries to clear out the defense. (GARY BOGDON, ORLANDO SENTINEL)
Shaquille O’Neal slams home two points. (FILE, ORLANDO SENTINEL)
NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal smiles along with LA Lakers General Manager Jerry West July 18th at a press conference announcing that O’Neal signed with the Laker for $121 million over seven years. (GARY BOGDON, ORLANDO SENTINEL)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and center Shaquille O’Neal talk strategy as they exit a huddle during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Kim D. Johnson / Associated Press)
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, never all that friendly, share a moment at Staples Center after winning the first of three consecutive championships in 2000.  (Los Angeles Times)
Shaquille O’Neal found little resistance from the Nets’ centers, including Aaron Williams during the 2002 NBA Finals. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Shaquille O’Neal picks on someone not his own size during a youth showcase at the L.A. Convention Center. O’Neal judged the moves of 10 area youths who displayed their basketball skills during the NBA All Star Jam Session for a shot at the Nestle Crunch Hot Shots Camp. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Shaquille O’Neal gets air as he dishes off a pass during a Lakers fastbreak. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Shaquille O’Neal helps Corey Pannel dunk the ball at his Slam Camp in Thousand Oaks. (Steve Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal is too much for Orlando Magic’s Mike Miller as Shaq scores easily in 4th quarter action at the TD Waterhouse Centre on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2002 in Orlando. (GARY BOGDON, ORLANDO SENTINEL)
Shaquille O’Neal, right, clowns around with Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy after O’Neal was presented his new Heat jersey during a news conference at the American Airlines Arena, Tuesday, July 20, 2004, in Miami, for his welcome ceremony to the Heat. (WILFREDO LEE, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8) is fouled by Miami Heat’s Shaquille O’Neal during the second half in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2004. O’Neal fouled out on the play. The Heat won 104-102 in overtime. (MATT SAYLES, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Shaq scores easily during the 1st quarter of Game 1 in the 2006 NBA Finals. (ROBERT DUYOS, S-S)
Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade hug following Miami’s first NBA championship. (ROBERT DUYOS, S-S)
Kobe and Shaq hug before the game at Staples Center on January 16, 2006. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Phoenix Suns’ newly-acquired center Shaquille O’Neal acknowledges fans after being introduced as the Suns play against the New Orleans Hornets. (Ralph Freso / Associated Press)