Hall of Fame big man Shaquille O’Neal just celebrated his birthday on Sunday and has rightfully been receiving well wishes and greetings on various platforms. From entertainment to sports, the iconic NBA legend is getting grilled for his 50th birthday. O’Neal, who wanted his 5-0 celebration to be the “best birthday ever”, certainly seemed to be having a good time over the weekend.
The charismatic four-time NBA champion, well known for his outspoken, hilarious and often controversial charity work takes on everything under the sun, has been catching the eye since last Friday. Social media lit up in celebration, honoring Shaquille O’Neal’s life and work leading up to and during his big day.
On Friday, he gratefully received a Dodge Charger Hellcat equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine developing 797 horsepower:
“Best birthday ever thanks to @swaggpack_shaq and the rest of @atlanta_street_xecs and @padgettmotorsports for giving me my brand new dodge hellcat charger. Greatest car club ever. Love you guys thank you. I have looks like Charles Barkley is eating a piece of chocolate cake.
Shaquille O’Neal is an avid car collector, with several sought-after and rare models in his garage. One of his most prized cars in the collection is a Cadillac Eldorado Cabriolet driven by Tony Montana (Al Pacino) in the movie Scarface. It’s safe to say that Hellcat fits comfortably into the former Lakers superstar’s fleet of vehicles.
A few days before his birthday, Shaquille O’Neal also received a birthday cake from the Inside the NBA team, along with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. The “Superman” obviously wasn’t too thrilled to see the cake which had a photo of Dwight Howard wearing the DC superhero’s cape.
Besides the cake Shaq practically destroyed on the floor, Sir Charles sang a duet with Grammy-winning singer Adele, singing a heartfelt happy birthday.
Of all the greetings, none was as heartwarming as his son Shareef O’Neal’s touching message to “Big Diesel:”
“Happy 50th twin! Love you!
Shareef is following in his father’s basketball footsteps as the youngster now plays for Shaquille’s alma mater, the LSU Tigers. Recently, young O’Neal posted a hilarious photo of him and his dad posing side by side. As they stand practically nose to nose, he good-naturedly calls himself a twin of his more illustrious father.
Shaquille O’Neal wanted to share his birthday with fans
Shaquille O’Neal also expressed surprise at reaching the milestone figure. Despite the years, he remains as relevant today as he was when he was playing.
The LA Lakers legend also went out of his way to host the annual Shaq’s Fun House with performances from a few of his friends like Lil Wayne, Zedd and Diplo.
O’Neal posted about the fun event on his Instagram account:
“We could not have succeeded without each of you. See you next year in Phoenix, AZ!”