900-pound Shaq statue unveiled at LSU
Just call it “The Big Bronze.” Shaq says so.
LSU on Thursday unveiled a 900-pound bronze statue of noted alumnus Shaquille O’Neal, who admitted he was taken aback by its size.
“I almost cried when I seen how big it was,” O’Neal said. “I said, ‘Damn.’ But I had to man up.”
The statue shows O’Neal dunking and stands in front of LSU’s basketball practice facility in Baton Rouge, La. It had been in the works for months, with O’Neal receiving updates via email from school officials that he admitted he did not take seriously.
“I dont think anything will compare to this day,” he said. “I’m very humbled and honored.”
Asked to give the statue a nickname, O’Neal called it “The Big Bronze.”
This summer, the 7-1, 350-pound O’Neal retired after an illustrious 19-year career in which he established himself as one of the most dominant big men in NBA history. He won four NBA championships, three Finals MVP awards and is fifth all-time with 28,596 points.
He is pursuing his doctorate at LSU and heading into broadcasting with Turner Sports.