Shaquille O'Neal is turning 40 today. What a four-decade run it's been. He has a personality and a game as big as his body.
If you weren't able to enjoy him during the mid to late 90s and the early part of the 2000s, you missed out on one of the greatest players to ever play.
At the end of his career, he was Joe Montana with the Chiefs or Emmitt Smith with the Arizona Cardinals. They were years that just served to take away from the magnitude of his greatness.
For a five-year player, he was the single most dominant force in the NBA and the most dominant force in the middle of his generation. The gap between O'Neal and the second best center was huge, even broader than it is today.
Here is a brief recap of the highlights of his career.