Claim To Fitness: He reportedly put on about 30lbs between when he first arrived in Orlando and his 30th birthday (but many believe that number is actually much greater).
The Diesel. Superman. The Big Aristotle. The Big Shaqtus. By whatever nickname you called him, Shaq was always larger than life… in more ways than one. When he arrived in Orlando, he was a lithe athletic freak who could run the floor like a power forward, but possessed the power of a professional wrestler. But after his career took off and he left town for Los Angeles, his body mass index began to grow as much as his NBA success and his star power.
For all of his generational talent, the weight he carried began to affect his rebounding, lateral movement, and overall ability to get his shot off in different ways. It’s a testament to that talent that he was still one of the most dominant forces in the NBA, despite those self-induced shortcomings.