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Adios, Buona Sera, Ciao....
Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
June 13, 2011
An A-to-Z remembrance of Shaq's career—basketball and (mostly) otherwise
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June 13, 2011

Adios, Buona Sera, Ciao....

An A-to-Z remembrance of Shaq's career—basketball and (mostly) otherwise

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Kobe "I'm sorry, who?" After eight mostly sour seasons with Bryant in L.A., Shaq went to Miami and pretended for a year that he didn't know his old sidekick.

LSU Unveiling a statue this summer of its two-time SEC and '91 AP player of the year.

Muslim Hinted at converting long ago. (Then again, he's also said he's Baptist and Jewish.) Still, he's friends with Louis Farrakhan, who attended Shaq's '02 nuptials.

Nicknames Diesel, Shaq-Fu, Wilt Chamberneezy and the Big everything—Aristotle, Cactus, Shamrock....

Omega Psi Phi Pledged at LSU, then stepped with fraternity brothers on a '97 Vibe dance show.

Payless Exclusive carrier of his budget sneaker line, Dunkman, which outfitted less fortunate feet for $40.

Quotes Priceless press-conference zingers (e.g., "Pluto is not a planet, but I am") from the NBA's Yogi Berra fill up shaqquotes.com.

Reality TV He's been Punk'd and seen on Cribs, Jackass and Fear Factor; he hosted Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.; and he's dating Flavor of Love contestant Nikki (Hoopz) Alexander.

Superman The Man of Steel's tallest fan adorned his own Orlando home with the comic book character's logo and flipped when Dwight Howard appeared to be copping the nickname.

Twitter More than 3,890,000 followers and 3,600 tweets—including his retirement announcement—for the early adopter, who joined in '08.

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