‘Shaq’ inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Former LSU Tiger and four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal will be inducted into the basketball hall of fame Friday, alongside fellow  stars Yao Ming and Allen Iverson.

O’Neal, 44, won three consecutive NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and a fourth with the Miami Heat.  A 15 time All-Star, and 1992-93 Rookie of the Year, Shaq was also thrice honored as Finals MVP.

He also had a burgeoning film and music career, starring as the titular genie in Kazaam and superhero John Henry Irons, who fought crime as Steel.  While O’Neal’s four rap albums were met with critical scorn, they were bona fide hits:  1993’s Shaq Diesal was eventually certified platinum, and his sophomore follow-up, Shaq Fu: Da Return went gold.

O’Neal’s rap career included collaborations with hip-hop legends RZA, Method Man, The Notorious B.I.G., Nate Dogg, Common, and Black Thought.

Fellow inductees to the hall of fame include former Houston Rocket Yao Ming and Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson.

O’Neal owns a home in South Louisiana and is known to visit the area often.

Here’s a flashback of when WGNO’s Wild Bill Wood got to hang with the legend: