Former four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal enjoyed a huge success in the NBA during his playing days and now he is enjoying successful days as a businessman. O'Neal, who played with the Los Angeles Lakers between 1996 and 2004, credited Purple and Gold legend Magic Johnson for helping him with business advice.
O'Neal regularly makes appearance on the TV since he is one of the members of TNT's Inside the NBA crew but off the screens he is running multiple successful businesses as he is the spokesperson for several popular brands and he is also hugely into restaurant franchising.
"I know what you’re getting ready to ask me, so I’m going to go ahead and answer it for you. Where did I get my business acumen from? I got it from two people," O'Neal said in his interview during a Black Entrepreneurs Day live stream, as quoted on Lakers Nation.
"Magic Johnson, when I first got to L.A., said, ‘Shaq, it’s OK to be famous and all that, but at some point, you want to start owning things.’"
O'Neal wanted to own a clothing line at first
“So the first thing I said was, ‘I want to own a clothing line.’ So I’m doing my little thing, own my clothing line, and I’m looking at the numbers.
I see FUBU and their numbers are killing my numbers. Now I’m like, ‘Man, who are these FUBU cats?’ I started watching them and I learned a lot. We met, you always took care of me, you always gave me knowledge.
You and Magic helped me get started," O'Neal added. Kenny Smith, a former NBA player and one of the members of TNT's Inside the NBA crew, recently said that Johnson would still be playing if he had the athleticism of LeBron James.
James, 35, is coming off a huge season as he won his fourth NBA Championship after leading the Lakers to a 4-2 win in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. "The comparison would be Magic, but LeBron is more athletic, so that separates him and differentiates his style.
If Magic had LeBron’s athleticism, he’d still be playing today. That’s the fundamental difference. We’ve never seen someone this athletic hold onto his athleticism for this many years, and he’s still the best athlete on the floor at his age even though he’s surrounded by players that are around 22 years old.
The passing, the scoring, we’ve seen that, but we haven’t seen that coupled with such athleticism for this long. That’s LeBron," Smith said.