Shaquille O’Neal Talks About Best Advice Magic Johnson Gave Him

Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal put together an illustrious career that firmly established himself as one of the greatest players in NBA history. O’Neal was one of the most dominant players to play the game during the prime of his career that helped lead him to a tremendous amount of success. However, his postcareer ventures have also put him in an even greater position off the court. It’s here where he took a piece of advice from former Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson to apply to his life after his playing days.

Shaquille O’Neal’s NBA career

O’Neal graced the NBA hardwood for 19 seasons where he put together an impressive career that put him among the all-time greats in league history.

That saw him earn numerous accolades such as four NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVPs, an MVP award, 15 All-Star Game Selections, eight All-NBA First Team nods, two All-NBA Second Team selections, four All-NBA Third Team nods, and three NBA All-Defensive Second Team selections. O’Neal’s best years came during his eight-year stint with the Lakers where h he won three NBA titles with an NBA Finals MVP award, won an MVP trophy, seven All-Star Game nods, and five All-NBA First Team selections.

During the prime of his career, O’Neal was a nearly unstoppable force on the court. There was no other player that could match up against his size and power on the low block. He may have strung together a Hall of Fame career, but it’s the advice he received from another legendary player that helped set the course off of it.

Best advice Shaq received from Magic Johnson

It’s hard to overlook the impressive career that O’Neal put together, but what he has done in his postcareer with his various business ventures has been nothing short of remarkable.

The 48-year-old has worked his way up to an estimated $400 million net worth since stepping away from the game after the 2010-11 season. That mindset in his business ventures is one that was helped fueled by some keen advice he received from Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, according to Brandon Robinson of

“When I was 18 years old and I was playing at his Midnight Summer Madness when I was going crazy, he said to me, ‘Hey man it’s ok to be famous, but at some point you have to start owning things.’ At 18-19 years old I didn’t know what the hell he was talking about, but then I figured it out.”

O’Neal has taken that full-heartedly he’s reportedly earning around $60 million annually from endorsements and other business endeavors. He has been involved with many different companies along the way, with his latest joining the Board of Directors of Papa Johns in March 2019.

In other words, O’Neal has fully embraced Johnson’s words to find success as a businessman following his Hall of Fame career.

Shaquille O’Neal has become a savvy businessman

In his post-playing days, O’Neal has taken a full dive into the business world as he has found a prosperous career.

He has become involved with numerous endorsement deals over the years that have plastered his face and name with many the biggest companies in various industries. Beyond his recent ties to Papa Johns, he was worked with The General Insurance company, JC Penney, with a menswear brand entitled Shaquille O’Neal XLG, Carnival Cruise Line, Oreo, Dunkin’, Gold Bond, and Icy Hot among others.

O’Neal has also been in several films and TV shows such as Kazaam, Scary Movie 4, Jack and Jill, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Grown Ups 2. He has experienced it all, and there will be plenty more ahead of him in the years to come.