quote by Hakeem Olajuwon

I remember at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Shaq always wanted me to show him steps over and over.

— Hakeem Olajuwon

Exciting Shaq quotations

Once the Hack-a-Shaq works once, you know I'm going to see it again.

The only thing worse for basketball than that defense is the Lack-a-Shaq offense, where I have to go to the bench because of foul trouble. There is no fun in that.

I am aware that most people only see me as Shaq.

.. the guy on the court. But there is another side to who I am, Shaquille O'Neal. And Shaquille O'Neal wants to explore every part of life. He wants the opportunity to pursue all of his desires. That includes being a part of the music industry as an MC. Music is and will always be a part of who I am.

I'm going back to the old Shaq. I was normal last year - I was an earthling last summer. I had to go back to my alien roots.

If you want Shaq to be Shaq, you've got to remember that Shaq is known for wreaking havoc offensively - 26,000-plus points without consistently making free throws. Don't have me doing something I'm not used to doing. I ain't used to being a pick-setter. Let me badda-bing, badda-bang.

If you're going to hire an assassin, let him go out and kill someone.

I can't be Shaq taking six or seven shots.

I'm dominant every night. I come in every night and get beat up. I never make a face when they try to flagrant or hack-a-Shaq me, because I'm not from this planet. Earthlings don't faze me.

Somebody asked me about this the other day.

A young Shaq and a young Penny, the young Shaq's going to take over. A medium Shaq and a young Kobe, the medium Shaq is going to take over. Now you've got an older Shaq and a young Dwyane; you step aside, you let him do his thing and you just do what's asked of you.

I'm not going to try to go out there and outdo him. I don't have to try to outdo him, I'm Shaq.

I endorse only products I actually use.

Like Wheaties keeps offering me money, but I don't eat Wheaties, so I can't do it. Now, if Rice Krispies or Frosted Flakes offered me a deal, I'd take it right away. Apple Jacks, I'd be on the box in a heartbeat. Apple Shaqs. Yeah.

Shaq is not the man. He's the man because the NBA wants him to be the man, but before you can be the man, you've got to be the man.

What would have happened if Derrick Rose had torn his knee in college, or Greg Oden? It would have cost them millions of dollars. They were lucky, coming out early. I'm not saying don't go to college. There are plenty of players like Shaq [O'Neal] who went back and graduated. I commend that. But do it at your leisure - don't hurt your finances.

(The Hack-A-Shaq is) just a way of telling me that you can't stop me. Thank you. I appreciate it.

There will never be a good time, financially, to get married, unless you're Shaq or Ray Romano. But somehow people manage. If your man is using money as an excuse not to marry you, it's your relationship that's insecure, not his bank account.

In this millennium that we live in, the 'Hack-a-Shaq'has proven not to work.

It might work a couple games every now and then, but when it comes to the playoffs or a championship series, it doesn't work - not at all.

I dribble rhymes like basketball... People call me 'E.T.' What's that, Shaq man? 'Extra Tall.'

We got no wealthy black people. We got rich people. Shaq is rich. The guy who signs his checks is wealthy.

I think I've gotten more attention after the Olympics than any other U.

S. athlete, and it's really great that people are recognizing who I am and what I do. You look at Shaq and you see a basketball player. You look at Tiger Woods and you see a golfer. But people are responding to who I am.

Just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank.

I might not be Shaq, but I can be Kobe, you know?

White America don't get to dictate how me and Shaq talk to each other.

You talk about Shaq, I would put Tim Duncan in that same category.

Mr. Fundamental, just kept things simple. He is a great teammate, a great player, and a great person. When you have those ingredients in a champion, you just want to be a part of that and have an opportunity to play with him.

It never bothered me when people would say, 'You only win championships because you're playing with Shaq.' It bothered me when he said it.

[Shaquille O'Neal ] walked in and said we were hiring him, so we said, "Yes sir!" Shaq is a genuinely funny guy. He's really funny in the movie. He's not just a stunt cast- he's a genuinely funny actor.

Shaq is Shaq. I did an episode of The Soup with Shaq, and he shook my hand, and I felt like I was a Ken doll, like I had no hand.

The NBA has more than 435 players and there are at least 100-some players doing more than expected. Shaq is doing a lot. Dwight Howard, [Manu] Ginobli. Dirk [Nowitzki] is doing a lot, and not just in Europe; he's reaching out to Africa and all other places.

In the NBA you need a little bit more than that when Jordan is front of you.

You need a little bit more than that when it is Barkley or Karl Malone or Shaq or whoever else. You need a lot more than that frankly if you're the English kid who can't jump.

Shaq is rich. The white man who signs his check... is wealthy. "Ah, here you go, Shaq. Go buy yourself a bouncing car. Bling, bling!"

I was with Shaq at his home the day he retired.

It was innovative for him to become the media and announce via social media that he was retiring.

Man, I don't wanna do what all the other guys do.

I don't wanna end up in the booth after the games telling you what I think and talking smack about the guys on the floor when they are a lot better than that. I wanna be different. I don't wanna be known as Commentator Shaq. I wanna be a doctor or something good. I wanna be Dr. Shaq, Officer Shaq, Deputy Shaq.

I always say this to people: 'If Shaq can be in the NBA for 19 years and dominate for 19 years using his body, why can't I be in the music industry for 50 years using my brain when my brain is way stronger than anyone's body?' I have to have a successful record company, more hit records. I want to dominate the game.

People will think there are no other great ballplayers.

Look at Garnett. Look at Duncan, Shaq, Kobe. Look at the players with Sacramento. The have a really good basketball team.