Shaquille O’Neal is one of the best players in NBA history and has racked up generational money. He’s one of the most famous people in the world and beloved in most basketball circles.
However, everyone in life has several embarrassing moments, and O’Neal recently had one in a room with two basketball legends in it. To make matters even worse, the scene was caught on national television.
Shaquille O’Neal won four NBA titles
During his Hall of Fame career, O’Neal won four NBA championships and three Finals MVPs. His first three titles came with the Los Angeles Lakers, while his final one was with the Miami Heat.
During his prime with the Orlando Magic and Lakers, O’Neal was unstoppable in the post. He’s universally recognized as the most dominant player in NBA history due to his size and strength. The 1992 first-round pick won the 1999-00 MVP Award. He was also a two-time scoring champion.
In 1,207 games with the Magic, Lakers, Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics, O’Neal averaged 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 58.2% from the field. He has the fourth-highest PER in NBA history, trailing only Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.
Since retiring from the NBA in 2011, O’Neal has carved out a successful career at TNT as an NBA analyst. While some of his takes are controversial, he’s must-see TV since he’s funny and not shy to showcase his exuberant personality.
However, when you’re a jokester like O’Neal, sometimes you become the butt of the joke.
Shaquille O’Neal got caught with a booger in his nose on live TV
O’Neal embarrassed himself on national television by getting caught with a booger in his nose. Basketball legends Candace Parker and Dwyane Wade lost it when they realized he had a booger hanging from his nose but didn’t notice during the show.
The best part about the show was when O’Neal pulled his phone out and removed the booger while the camera filmed him. Parker and Wade couldn’t stop laughing and had a lot of fun at Shaq’s expense.
This isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last time O’Neal gets embarrassed on live TV. The reason he’s one of the funniest media personalities in the NBA is that he’s not timid about showing off his goofy and clumsy side.
While some basketball fans get tired of O’Neal ripping today’s big men, particularly Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, he’s a major reason why NBA on TNT has high ratings.
Shaq will never stop making fun of Charles Barkley for being ringless
O’Neal and Charles Barkley are a hilarious duo on TNT since they always throw jabs at each other. The Diesel will never stop making fun of Chuck for being ringless.
Seemingly every week on NBA on TNT, O’Neal and Barkley argue about something in the league, and it usually ends with the former making fun of the latter for never winning a title during his career. Their humorous rapport makes basketball fans always laugh whenever they watch Inside the NBA.
Barkley was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, while O’Neal made it in 2016. They are two of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.