WATCH: NBA fans awestruck by Shaquille O’Neal’s 4-minute emotional speech on NBA On TNT


Shaquille O’Neal and the idea of an emotional speech does not fit the image he built. In 2011, Shaquille O’Neal published his autobiography titled “Shaq Uncut: My Story.” The book talks about the struggles he faced before he started playing in the NBA, his relationships with teammates and coaches, as well as his incredible career.

One of the statements that caught people’s attention was his stepfather’s interaction with Leonard Armato, his first agent.

The legendary NBA player talks about what happened and how the agent’s big offer of $250,000 scared him when he first talked to him. On the recommendation of Leonard’s former college coach, Dale Brown, who held a lot of respect for him, Leonard reached out to the O’Neal family. Dale Brown had a lot of respect for Leonard. The response that he received from Philip Harrison, on the other hand, was not what he had anticipated.

Shaquille O’Neal wrote in his journal that Leonard had visited him and his family. My father gave him a severe warning, saying, “If you mess with my kid, I’ll kill you,” and Coach Brown gave him the benefit of the doubt because he had played point guard in college. I sent the message to Leonard that “He’s serious.” “Don’t question it.”

Because his biological father was incarcerated for drug use when Shaq was still a young child, he had a challenging childhood.  Shaquille O’Neal is a professional basketball player.  He was raised by retired United States Army Sergeant Phillip Harrison, who would go on to marry the man who would become his mother.  Phillip recognised his talent early on and made a commitment to help him develop into one of the game’s most intimidating big men.

Philip Harrison Is Largely Responsible for Shaquille O’Neal’s Rise to Fame

WATCH: Shaquille O'Neal made an 4 minute  emotional speech on NBA On TNT
WATCH: Shaquille O’Neal made an 4 minute emotional speech on NBA On TNT

The NBA player has frequently conveyed his appreciation for his mentor’s positive impact on his life through public remarks, interviews, and podcasts. When the renowned athlete was selected to play for the NBA‘s 75th Anniversary team. He couldn’t help but think about his late stepfather:

“I want to take this chance to say thank you to Sgt. Phillip Arthur Harrison. He was the one who correctly guessed that I would come here in the long run. Given the close relationship that exists between them, it should come as no surprise that his stepfather takes an overly protective stance towards his kid. “

Leonard Armato is a businessman, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Management Plus Enterprises. He is in charge of developing long-lasting sports brands and has worked with many well-known athletes. Including Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Shaquille O’Neal’s book goes on to talk about how Leonard tracked him down on his college campus and gave him his business card. He boldly told him that if he signed a contract with him, he would do anything he wanted for him. Begin with the sum of $250,000 in cash. Shaquille O’Neal, when he was younger, was terrified and had no idea what his father was planning. Despite this, and his stepfather’s wise advice, Armato would continue to act as Shaq’s representative.

The relationship between “Leonard and Shaquille O’Neal,” which lasted from 1993 to 2000, was extremely fruitful.  During that time, the Los Angeles Lakers won multiple championships, and the “Shaquille O’Neal” brand was introduced to the public. 

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