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It's rare to discover a candid sports autobiography-- even rare when the author is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. But in Shaq Talks Back, Shaquille O'Neal for the first time talks frankly about his childhood, his life, his rivalries, and his career, culminating in a dramatic, behind-the-scenes account of the Los Angeles Lakers' drive to the NBA Championship.

At seven feet one inch tall and 330 pounds, Shaq has always faced outsized expectations, even as a child when he towered over other kids. Shaq Talks Back is the story of how potential became reality-- how someone expected to be a champion finally learned to become one. Beginning with his memory of crying on the court after the Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers, Shaq takes us back to his younger days in Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey, then to Georgia and finally to Germany, where he began to harness some of his height and strength.

From there, he recounts the remarkable progress of his basketball career, changing from a big but inexperienced teenager to a dominant college and professional player. Shaq talks about:

* Playing at Louisiana State University for the unpredictable coach Dale Brown

* Signing the biggest rookie contract ever with the Orlando Magic-- and going to the NBA Finals for the first time

* What happened next: dissention, disappointment, and his decision to leave for Los Angeles

* The dysfunctional Lakers who were never able to win the big games

* Dealing with egos as he finds the right chemistry with Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, and new additions to the team

* Rivalries with Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, and others

* The trouble with free throws...

* "Bling-bling" and women: the larger-than-life world of NBA players off the court

* Inside the Lakers' comeback from the brink against Portland and the drive to the NBA championship

Funny, insightful, opinionated, and unexpectedly moving, Shaq Talks Back is the true voice of the NBA's best player.

Synopsis:

The world has followed Shaquille O'Neal's amazing career for years. Now this All-Star and Most Valuable Player--the towering 7' 1", 330-lbs. center for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers--is ready to tell all.

In Shaq Talks Back, O'Neal is completely candid about his life. For the first time ever, he speaks frankly about:

His career, from his days as the immature "Knucklehead in Orlando," to the man who stood at center court in Game 6 of the Championship Finals and cried with his daughter in his arms

Dealings with superstar egos as he finds the right chemistry with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

His upbringing in Newark, NJ and Germany, including the never before discussed topic of his biological father

Rivalries with Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, and others

"Bling-bling": the larger-than-life world of NBA players off-court

Inside the Lakers' Championship run

New for this edition: teh 2000-2001 seasona nd repeating as NBA champions.

Shaq Talks Back is sure to be the most talked about sports book in years and a must-have for any fan of basketball.

About the Author

Shaquille O'Neal lives in Los Angeles. He is the center for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers and was chosen as the Most Valuable Player in the NBA for the 1999-2000 season.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312278458
Other:
O'Neal, Shaquille
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
O'Neal, Shaquille
Location:
New York
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
Basketball players
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Sports - Basketball
Subject:
Basketball - Professional
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Sports
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
105-708
Publication Date:
20010407
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 16-page color photo insert
Pages:
259
Dimensions:
6.72 x 4.28 x 0.82 in

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The world has followed Shaquille O'Neal's amazing career for years. Now this All-Star and Most Valuable Player--the towering 7' 1", 330-lbs. center for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers--is ready to tell all.

In Shaq Talks Back, O'Neal is completely candid about his life. For the first time ever, he speaks frankly about:

His career, from his days as the immature "Knucklehead in Orlando," to the man who stood at center court in Game 6 of the Championship Finals and cried with his daughter in his arms

Dealings with superstar egos as he finds the right chemistry with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

His upbringing in Newark, NJ and Germany, including the never before discussed topic of his biological father

Rivalries with Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, and others

"Bling-bling": the larger-than-life world of NBA players off-court

Inside the Lakers' Championship run

New for this edition: teh 2000-2001 seasona nd repeating as NBA champions.

Shaq Talks Back is sure to be the most talked about sports book in years and a must-have for any fan of basketball.

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