Shaquille O’Neal strutted through his Windermere, Fla., ten-in-one arena sized mansion and much of his NBA-going away party with the devilish look of a teenager who knew— at least thought he knew—- something no one else in the world had quite yet figured out.
And why wouldn’t he? Over the course of his 19-year all-star caliber career, the 7-1, 300-plus pounder displayed a sort of Midas touch few others could challenge. Only the Hall of Fame likes of O’Neal can boast of having won four titles, grossed millions upon millions in revenue (modest estimates put his NBA earnings alone in the neighborhood of $300 million) yet realistically speak of perhaps now embarking on an equally lucrative and perhaps even more exciting second stanza.
“It’s time for what’s next,” said O’Neal, who ala fellow NBA legend and human quote machine Charles Barkley who’s since found even more fame as TNT analyst, seems a natural as a television commentator of some sort.
“That might be on the horizon,” said O’Neal. “But then everything is – I’m not willing to rule too many things out at this point.”
Such is the wonder of a man who’s already seemingly done it all. Indeed, perhaps O’Neal’s greatest option comes in yet another arena we’ve already grown accustomed to seeing him work his magic in. The reality TV circuit seems another junket tailor made for him.
His critically-acclaimed ‘Shaq vs.,’ where he faces off against other star athletes in their walks of fames (Serena Williams in tennis, Albert Pujols in baseball and Sugar Shane Mosley in boxing have been some of his opponents), has run on network TV for the last two summers and word is Shaq may be poised to dedicate more time to it now that his NBA schedule will not be an issue. If his 2009 pre-All-Star game dance off with the Jabbawockeez was any indication even those ‘Dancing With The Stars’ rumors may prove to be more than just that.
“Could be that all of that is on the table,” said the boyishly coy O’Neal. “The only thing I’d rule out at this point is trying to be someone’s coach…unless we’re talking about my three sons.”