Baton Rouge– The LSU campus recently unveiled a 900lb bronzed statue of retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. The statue is a life size representation of Shaq performing his double handed dunk (the university’s website has reported) in his LSU uniform. Fans, Coach Trent Johnson, former players, and coaches all attended the ceremony.

Shaq played for LSU between 1989-1992 where he was a two-time All-American and a two-time SEC player of the year. He went first round in the 1992 NBA draft selected by the Orlando Magic. He has retired from the NBA as a Boston Celtic and is ranked fifth all time in points scored for the NBA. He is also ranked fourth in postseason points scored for the NBA.

O’Neal in his career has also played for teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Phoenix Suns. With the Lakers he won three championships.


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He remains second at LSU for all time in rebounding with 1,217 and fifth all time in scoring with 1,941 points.

“The great thing about Baton Rouge is the people are so friendly, the campus is so lively, the nightlife is great,” O’Neal said. “I have to say, besides my parents raising me, it’s really the people of Louisiana who’ve made me who I am today.”