UFC A friend of that outfit's prez, Dana White, Shaq fueled speculation that after retiring, he'd finally face 7'2" Hong Man Choi, whom he's challenged in the past.
Video Games The gaming junkie graced the covers of at least six NBA titles, as well as Shaq Fu, a kung fu fighting game.
Wildflecken West German U.S. Army base where Shaq's stepdad was stationed in the early '80s, and where the little big man learned to play basketball.
X-Men Lobbied unsuccessfully for a role in the '00 superhero movie. (Michael Jackson also pleaded to play Prof. Xavier. Both seem pretty smart nonhires.)
Yao Caused a kerfuffle in '03 by asking a reporter to "tell Yao Ming, ching chong yang, wah, ah so."
Zen Master Credited with getting Shaq to play defense, Phil Jackson was either a second father or a Benedict Arnold. Depended on the night.