Top 10 Shaq moments by Mark Madsen

Published: Saturday, June 4 2011 1:21 a.m. MDT

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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The entire team was stuck in Florida with nothing to do on Thanksgiving, so Shaq invited all the players, coaches, trainers, etc. over to his home and hosted an amazing Thanksgiving.

The food was awesome and, after the meal, he gave us a tour of his house.
When he showed us his room, he showed us a nice flat panel TV and then said, “I used to have all the latest electronics, remotes, and everything in this room. Now instead of the electronics, I’ve got diapers for my little ones.”

He was beaming, has always loved his family, and frequently brought his wife and kids to the Staples Center. He continued on the tour and showed us a new addition he was putting on his house. Samaki Walker asked, “How many square feet are you adding?” Shaq answered with “10,000 square feet.” Samaki was amazed and said, “Are you serious?” Shaq’s reply was, “Hey man, you only live once.”
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Tremonton, UT

Shaq was allright. He could have been a football player too. OUCH!! We could laugh with him and not at him. I remember one time he said something like the refs were horrible tonight period. And he spelled out period. perid.. When he gave himself his nickname did he mean truck or train??

Danville, CA

Cool, Mark. Nice to know where to find you!

DD JayMario
American Fork, UT

Mark Madsen is still dancing.

Salt Lake City, UT

Now that he's retired, Shaq can get a calling as a matchmaker in singles wards.

Salt Lake City, UT


Not that difficult to figure out :)


having met Shaq on several occasions in a variety of settings I can say he is one of the most genuine individuals in sports. He took interest in people not because of what they could do for him but simply because he cared about others. If the Jazz somehow could've picked Shaq up for a few years the people of SLC would've loved him as much for what he did on the court as for what he did off the court, he was a Jazz type of player.

Glendora, CA

One of my patients here in L.A. county told me that Shaq comes to So. Central L.A., every Christmas time and all of the local kids go to the local Toys R Us store and he buys the place out with gifts for all of them.
He is incredibly generous. His heart is even bigger than his body.

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