70 Shaquille O’Neal Quotes from Professional Basketball Player

Shaquille O’Neal is an American former professional basketball player.

Shaquille O’Neal one of the greatest basketball players of all time had a significant 19-season NBA career predominantly with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Born in 1972 in Newark New Jersey Shaq was raised by his stepfather Phillip Arthur Harrison.

Shaquille O'Neal

His basketball talent was evident from a young age leading him to earn a scholarship to Louisiana State University where he gained multiple titles and led the LSU Tigers to three consecutive NCAA tournaments.

In 1992, Shaq joined the NBA quickly making an impact with the Orlando Magic and later forming a legendary partnership with Kobe Bryant at the Lakers winning three consecutive NBA championships.

Off the court Shaq is well recognized for his philanthropy business ventures and role as a basketball analyst.

Here is a curated collection of top quotes by Shaquille O’Neal.

Best Shaquille O’Neal Quotes


The day I stopped worrying about stats is the day I started winning. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


I wouldn’t. I would just go home. I’d fake an injury or something. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


Excellence is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


If they want to play football, we can play football. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


One lucky shot deserves another. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


When you feed the big dog, it does whatever you tell him to do. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

That’s sort of a trick question, and I don’t have a trick answer. Next question, please. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


We want to win. We want to win big. We want to win the whole thing. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I made a 1,600 minus 800 minus 200 on the SAT, so I’m very intelligent when I speak. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’ll beat you up right now if you want me to. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Famous Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

Tell Yao Ming, Ching chong-yang-wah-ah-soh. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


I don’t believe in pressure. Pressure is when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I said what I felt, and people try to control people. But you can never control me. I’m a 31-year-old juvenile delinquent. Nobody can control me. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

The only person who can really motivate you is you. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I didn’t say anything. Got nothing to say. I’m a married man; I don’t need a relationship with another man. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Everybody talks about being a role model. But if you look up the word ‘role’ in a dictionary, it describes playing a part. Everything I’m into, it’s real to me. There’s nothing fake about it. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


If I were a painter, you’d be calling me Shaqcasso. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

As my great friend Aristotle said, ‘If you cannot command, you must learn to listen.’ I’m not the hierarchy here. I am a worker bee. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Top Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

My motto is very simple. Win a Ring for the King. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’ve won at every level, except college and pro. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me. And the one guy who didn’t vote for me, thank you, too. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Anyone can win a slam-dunk contest. The real Superman is dead. He was assassinated by Pat Riley. I’m the Big Cactus now and ready to roll again. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Win or lose, I am programmed to do more. That’s because I am the other son of Jorel Superman. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I think the new ball is terrible. It’s the worst decision some expert, whoever did it, made. It’s terrible. It’s like touching an exotic dancer and then going and touching a plastic blow-up doll. You know, it feels different. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

To all the young people out there who think money and fame is important: that’s only a small piece of the pie. You need an education to be totally secure in life. I feel very secure I can go get a real job now. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


That was a foul, young lady. You know that was a foul. Don’t ask dumb questions. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

But, hey I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing was given to me. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Popular Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

I’m dominant every night. I come in every night and get beat up. I never make a face when they try to flagrant or hack-a-Shaq me, because I’m not from this planet. Earthlings don’t faze me. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m a realist. I like to put it in business terms. I ran three different corporations my way and I was successful. But I’m an older guy who is on his way out so they brought me in as a consultant for the new, up-and-coming CEO. I’m here for him. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

You know how I be. Last week Kobe couldn’t do without me. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


Being here feels like I’m out of prison. This is the right place, the right time, the right team. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m like toilet paper, toothpaste and certain amenities I’m proven to be good. I’ve still got 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years left. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. You all should be spanked for this. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m a mama’s boy above all. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I started out as a young Ninja and killed all of the Shoguns. I am a Shogun now and I’m holding my spot. There probably won’t be another Shogun after this. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


I love the Miami atmosphere. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I can’t remember the names of all the clubs we went to. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Great Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

Nobody’s going to tell me how to be different, so stop asking me. Stop asking me what two-plus-two is. Everybody knows two-plus-two is five. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, bet you can’t type that. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

We’re going to do it again next year. We’ll see you again next year. Yeah, I said it. Yeah, I said it. We will do it again next year. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

They shot the ball well early. What comes out of the microwave hot doesn’t always stay hot. I know, because I eat bagels in the morning. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m not going to try to go out there and outdo him. I don’t have to try to outdo him, I’m Shaq. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Opinions are like belly buttons; everybody has one. I never knock a man for his opinion. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m like tax. You’re going to pay one way or the other. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

A lot of coaches play percentages when it comes to me, but that’s just a way of saying that you can’t stop me. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I don’t listen to people who can’t do stuff that I do. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I really get motivated when I have doubters. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

This is the team that when you look at it, you say, ‘This is our time. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Powerful Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

It is not about how much money you make. The question is are you educated enough to KEEP it. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

A pinch is a pinch. If you pinch my right nipple, I’m going to say, ‘ouch.’ If I pinch your right nipple, you’re going to say ‘ouch.’ A foul is a foul and a flagrant is a flagrant. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Well, I don’t remember all the names of all the clubs we went to. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Pluto is not a planet, but I am. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I don’t ever want to grow up. I guess I’m like Peter Pan. Grown-ups have problems. I want to stay happy. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m like President Bush. You may not like me, you may not respect me, but you voted me in. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

This is my disguise, but it doesn’t work. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m a combination of the Terminator and Bambi. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

I’m going back to the old Shaq. I was normal last year I was an earthling last summer. I had to go back to my alien roots. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Our offense is like the pythagorean theorem: There is no answer! ~ Shaquille O’Neal.


Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

This summer is going to be a different summer for a lot of people. Everyone is going to take care of their own business and everyone is going to do what’s best for them, including me. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

Talk to the guys that ain’t doing nothing, don’t talk to me. I just want eight guys out there with me who want to play. ~ Shaquille O’Neal.

So these were the 70 top Shaquille O’Neal quotes and sayings.

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