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Shaq Hits Rare Milestone

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 11:  Shaquille O'Neal #33 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up before their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 11, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Andrew PalumboSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2010

Shaquille O'Neal reached 28,000 career points tonight with an opening layup in the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Toronto Raptors.

The 15-time NBA All-Star has come a long way since his start as a dominant, but questionably hefty college player at LSU.  

A rap career, a stint acting in movies, and his more recent (more successful) ventures into the reality television and social networking realms all pale in comparison to the overall dominance and scoring ability that Shaq has displayed throughout what has been an unbelievably healthy stretch for a player of his size.

Although Shaq is humbled to be in the presence of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain, the man nicknamed "Diesel" has another goal in mind.

Amid speculation that the Cavaliers' "Shaq experiment" was little more than a ploy to keep LeBron James in Cleveland and belief that it may be a failure, there is nothing that O'Neal would cherish more than another championship ring.

Not even his 28,000 points.

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