“Kobe [Bryant] always tried to be a hero. But you know, as the saying goes, a hero ain’t nothing but a sandwich.”
Basketball has never known a more outgoing, engaging, or talented big man than 7 ft. 1 in., 325-lb. Shaquille O’Neal. Before retiring last spring after 19 years in the National Basketball Association, he played on four championship teams while becoming the sixth-leading scorer in league history. He suited up for the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. Currently, he serves as a TV basketball analyst on ESPN’s “Inside the NBA.” His second autobiography, “Shaq Uncut,” was released in November. To celebrate his birthday on March 6, here are 10 of his most quotable quotes.