That's Dr. Shaq to you!
If you ever run into b-baller Shaquille O'Neal, be sure to give him his proper acknowledgement. Still glowing from the new Ph.D. diploma on his wall, the big man wants to make it clear that this degree is not honorary. Of course we're talking about the athletic veteran's Ph.D. in Leadership and Education with a specialization in Human Resource Development. Shaq recently graduated from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.
Shaquille's latest appearance on the TNT show "Inside the NBA" was pure gold. Of course the new grad had to poke fun at his longtime friend and nemesis, Charles Barkley. Barkley had mocked the fact the Barry University was originally a women's college. Dr. Shaq presented a quiz to Barkely and Kenny "The Jet" Smith about current affairs and history to challenge his "dumb jock" image. It's wonderful to hear something positive coming from the world of professional sports.
In honor of Dr. Shaq, we present our own quiz. We don't have the same bells and whistles as "Inside the NBA" or the host, Ernie Johnson Junior. Nonetheless, we thought that this would be a great time to celebrate with a round of Celebrity Trivia, sports TV edition.
Shaq Trivia! True or False?
1) Dr. O'Neal is 8 feet tall. True or false?
False! Although he may look sky high, Shaq is still taller than average at 7 feet, 1 inch.
2) Shaq now has his eyes set on earning a law degree. True or false?
True. He's already proven that academic excellence and physical prowess are not necessarily at odds. We look forward to adding esquire "after" his name.
3) Which of these teams did Shaq play for during his NBA tenure: the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics?
Answer? All of the above.
4) Shaquille O'Neal will turn 40 this year. True or false?
False. The scholar and athlete already celebrated his 40th birthday this spring. He was born on March 6th, 1972.
5) Shaq once pulled a Serena Williams and dropped a hip hop album. True or false?
True. Shaq had several albums and hit singles in the mid '90s. He even once recorded with Michael Jackson himself!
6) Shaq's ex-wife is the creator of the VH1 series, "The Basketball Wives." True or false?
True. Shaunie O'Neal heads up a bunch of brawlers who scream, curse, and fist fight as the Executive Producer and star of the controversial show -- and yes, her castmates are all grown women.
7) Shaq is also in reality heaven with his current girlfriend, Erika Alexander. True or false?
True. Shaq's lady love starred on one of the Flavor Flav reality shows, "Flavor of Love" on VH1. Her nickname was "Hoopz."
Congrats, Dr. Shaquille!
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