By Jonathan McNamara
If you want to know about how the Shaq deal is affecting the Suns' chances of winning the championship, I suggest you check out Can the Shaq deal bring a title? Consider this: Steve Kerr's been beating the odds his whole life by Paul Rubin. Put that aside for now and let us focus on Shaq off the court. He is a renaissance man who has shown us not only peaks of success but crushing, hope-stealing lows, as well.
Here are but a few classiq Shaq moments:
Shag's Big Challenge
In June 2007, Shaq put down the basketball and picked up a reality TV show on ABC. The show Shaq's Big Challenge featured the big guy helping a group of kids learn how to get in shape and lead healthy lifestyles.
Shaq has been in a lot of movies. Freddy Got Fingered, Good Burger, Steel, and many others have been graced by his presence. But the ultimate cinematic experience featuring Shaq has to be 1996's Kazaam. Get this: Shaq plays a genie imprisoned for a thousand years inside a boom box. Where can I get this on DVD?
The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
In December 2005, Flash animator and musician Lemon Demon collaborated with animator Shawn Vulliez to create a music video called The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny. The video and song center on an army of cultural icons from movies, comics, music, and TV shows fighting simply to see who will be the last man standing. Shaq was not the winner of this bizarre contest, but he did survive a fight with Godzilla and getting run over by the Batmobile.
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In the heyday of two-dimensional fighting games, one gem stands out among the Street Fighters and Mortal Kombats: Shaq-Fu. This game was available for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. Maybe the "inferno kick" could lead the Suns to the top.
Shaq's rap career
In 1993, Shaq took the music world by storm and . . . okay, it was more like a drop in the bucket (an unnoticed drop). Nevertheless, the Big Aristotle put himself on the line musically with his first album, Shaq Diesel, which included tracks like "Let me in, let me in," "Shoot, pass, slam," and "What's up doc? (Can we rock?)." Never a quitter, Shaq went on to record four more albums. If you've got 75 cents, you can get your very own copy of Shaq Diesel.
All right, Shaq fans. How did we do? If you have any other Shaq-tacular moments you'd like to elect, step up to the free-throw line and make a comment.