Shaquille O'Neal: How the Diesel Has Affected Every Player in the NBA Finals

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Shaquille O'Neal: How the Diesel Has Affected Every Player in the NBA Finals
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Shaquille O'Neal

Nineteen years.

Six teams.

Four-time NBA champion.

Three-time NBA Finals MVP.

Eight-time All-NBA First Team.

And 28,596 points.

Who would have ever thought a day would come when Shaquille O'Neal is not in the NBA? It seems surreal, as I grew up watching Shaq my whole childhood.

Shaq completely changed the NBA as we know it. There are few players that have not been affected by this comical big man. Heck, there are few fans that have not been affected by him. When you look at his career accolades, you can see that he has become one of the most influential players in league history.

Not only was he a force on the court, but he was an entertainer off it. From movies to TV shows, Shaq has been a great figure for the last two decades.

When you look at these two teams currently in the Finals, you see many players whose lives have changed due to Shaq's presence. The Diesel, the Big Aristotle, Shaqtus, Shaq-Fu—whatever you want to call him, he is a living legend. 

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