Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 2:47 pm  |  37 responses

Gallery: Shaq’s Kicksology

The big man is hoping for an early April return. We take you back.

He came into the League as a rapping, acting, Reebok-wearing, Pepsi-drinking, breakdancing 20-year-old who was pretty good at basketball, too. In many ways, Shaquille O’Neal paved the way for business-minded players like LeBron James. Michael Jordan may have been the first person to endorse everything but condoms (you’re welcome for that link—check pg. 50), but it took him a championship or two to get to that point. Shaq broke into the L with Wilt-like potential and instantly had a $70-million deal with Reebok. He was also letting the poor sap(s) who wrote the script for Kazaam earn a living. Shaq’s tenure with Reebok was a short one, but he’s always had attention-grabbing sneaks on his feet, regardless of the brand.

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  • logues

    i could care less about the shoes.. looking at the old photos was better. i wanna see someone pick a fight with shaq. it would be like trying to fight a grizzly bear

  • http://twitter.com/SifoDyaz AirGod

    Shaq vs. Sir Charles.
    Forgot the year.
    …matter of fact…it wasn’t even a fight. Chuck flings rock at Shaq’s grill…wrestling ensues…PLENTY OF LAUGHTER AT HOME WATCHING!
    Game continues.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    Just before he retired, Barkley picked a fight with Shaq and it was awesome. Something else to find on YouTube is a clip of Shaq taking a swing at Brad Miller. Both parties are extremely lucky Shaq missed.

  • Roberto

    “Crazy fists. I’m comin’ with crazy fists.”

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Scott Skiles was ready to whoop that a** in practice once.

  • D-Block

    LOL @ Shaq’s fun sized superman tattoo.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Pic #3 is amazing. Wouldn’t want to face that trio in any competition.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Co-sign M Cho.
    The three best centers of the 90′s.
    Sorry, Chewing.

  • Yesse

    Where is the gambling machine sneaker he presented in uhh, i think it was the 08 all star game.

  • ab40

    Come back strong O’neal old guys boston needs you.. and fast

  • Charles

    What happened between him and reebok?

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Charles….nothing happened, they basically didn’t sell enough units and decided to drop him. There’s a few articles online about it. Google is your friend for any question in life.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    For such a great player, dude wore some BS on his feet. Shaqnosis aside.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Chris O’Leary: When Shaq took a swing at Brad Miller, he probably overlooked Brad’s back-up… He had two of the baddest guys in the league, Ron Artest and Charles Oakley, watching his back. Not a surprise the two of them tackled Shaq right after the swing.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    @Teddy I watched the video again this afternoon and thought it was funny that Oak and Artest were there, but not the stars of the show. Looking back, I think Oak knew that he had to get Shaq under control in some way asap. He had too much strength to just haul off and hit someone, you know?

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    We all know the Dream Team was great but that Cerberus the ’96 Team had was the best pivot combination on any version of Team USA.

  • Spursnation

    Get it straight buddy, this is a 15 time all-star. Not a 12-timer

  • add

    gotta love the shoes

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLkX97Wc6VU Desert Storm

    Saviour’s google remark ftw

  • T Bone

    @Roberto; i got that reference! was the 1st thing i though of also!

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    @spursnation. I’d call it a half-bad, not a full-on my bad. He’s played in 12 ASGs, was selected for 15. Good catch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @AirGod Shaq vs. Sir Charles happened in the 99-2000 season- Barkley’s last.

  • http://twitter.com/SifoDyaz AirGod

    Riiiight, not to long before the Chuckster blew out his knee…Thank you for F5′ing my memory!

  • truthteller

    I miss the 90′s!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars


  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    Dunkmob…all up in Marshall’s and TJMaxx’ shoe bins.

  • Roberto

    @T Bone. Thanks, I was hoping someone would.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    BREAKING NEWs!!!! A.C. Green got laid!!!!!


    Ahhhh…..the hideous Shaqnosis. I liked all his Reebok kicks ‘cept those

  • jimmer

    Ref ’96 Dream Team – I’ll never forget Lenny Wilkins say it’d be fun to put all three pivots in at once “Have Hakeem play a little guard, David in at the forward, maybe Shaq in at centre. It would be fun”

    A very succinct way of summarising the natural basketball skills of each player, before Shaq just became by default the best big man (re only legit big man) in the L.

  • Drew

    He seriously wore some garbage on his feet.

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Shaq was checking Z’s ass out on pic 19

  • humanomaly

    It’s an all-star game but I’m surprised KG isn’t trying to “punk” Shaq…..KG….built like a thermometer when he came into the league, strangest looking body….

  • humanomaly

    Penny shoes were high quality, like the Lebron’s of today, and the “Vicks” before the bad news…they were a bit tight, narrow….

  • humanomaly

    The Kobe Shoe on the left of the picture is beautiful…ON KOBE…not many people can wear that and get away with it …..

  • humanomaly

    Kobe Shoe is on pic #7….

  • http://INGODWETRUSTFL.US Bob Freeman