Sports history in Black: Shaquille O’Neal makes NBA debut

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

There have been many physically large men in the NBA. Wilt Chamberlain, Hakeem Olajuwon and Bill Russell are names that people often throw out there as some of the greatest large athletes of all time.

But there is another sizable athlete who is often mentioned.

Army National Guard members Staff Sgt. Maygen Matson, left, and Spc. Taylor Anonson pose for a photo with National Basketball Association superstar Shaquille O'Neal during NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, Feb. 15, 2009. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Angela Walz, U.S. Air Force
Army National Guard members Staff Sgt. Maygen Matson, left, and Spc. Taylor Anonson pose for a photo with National Basketball Association superstar Shaquille O’Neal during NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, Feb. 15, 2009. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Angela Walz, U.S. Air Force

Shaquille O’Neal was dominant on the court from the time he got drafted by the Orlando Magic. He would finish his career with four titles and three NBA MVP recognitions among many other awards. On November 11, 1992, O’Neal would make his NBA debut for the Magic, taking on the Miami Heat and winning 110-100 as he scored 12 points, gathered 18 rebounds and blocked three shots.

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