The first time I met Shaquille O’Neal was while assisting a photographer for Sports Illustrated many years ago. We rolled up to Shaq’s front door in the exclusive gated community of Islesworth in Orlando, Florida, and the big man himself answered the door. He was massive. Shaking his hand was like holding a box of tissues.
I had just watched the MTV Cribs episode that features his massive home featuring a basketball court, insanely deep swimming pool, lake home, cars and staff.
The last time I photographed Shaq was for the 2012 March Madness advertisements for Dove Men + Care. A production company filmed him on a green screen in his garage, and I was the set photographer. Shaq shared early life stories from growing up, and his time at LSU. The pictures I made that day ended up being displayed millions of times when people logged into their March Madness bracket choices.
After the green screen, Shaq took us to his three story closet. Yes, you read that correct. His closet is three stories. Above, Shaq exited the closet wearing his favorite outfit.
It was great to photograph the big man, and I hope to do it again soon.