Today in Sports History: November 11

Shaquille O’Neal debuts as #32 for the Orlando Magic in a 1992 game against the Miami Heat. Orlando won 110-100 and O’Neal racked up 12 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. He was the NBA’s number one draft pick in 1992 and went on to win Rookie of the Year honors in 1993. O’Neal was recognized for his amazing combination of size (7’1″ and 335 lbs), skill, and speed. He led the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals then when on to win three consecutive championships with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, and 2002). He was named Finals MVP each season. After alleged tension with Kobe Bryant, O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004 and won his fourth championship title in 2006. After 19 seasons with the NBA, O’Neal was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and remains one of the few basketball players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000).

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