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Reports: HBO proposes to release a four-episode documentary on Shaquille O'Neal in late November

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Former LA Lakers big man Shaquille O'Neal will grace the screens of HBO in November. HBO will release a four-episode documentary about the life of the former MVP, according to Variety.

Throughout his years in the NBA, Shaq did not shy away from the cameras to make people laugh. He has also used his platform to spread kindness to everyone he interacts with.

In November, fans will get a close-up about where he was able to get his unique outlook in life. Vanity's BreAnna Bell reported that the documentary will be called "Shaq," which is how everyone refers to the famed hooper.

The documentary will also feature a plethora of other NBA greats. Penny Hardaway, Dwyane Wade, Dennis Scott, Brian Shaw, Derek Fisher and Rick Fox will all be featured. The project will be directed by Robert Alexander, the man behind the LeBron James-produced show, "The Shop."

In an interview with Variety, Shaquille O'Neal said that they've kept the documentary authentic.

“We kept this documentary real from the start, and I do feel like it is the most honest look into my life and career up until this point," O'Neal said. "This process allowed me to reflect publicly in a way I haven’t before, and I’m so proud of the work everyone has done to put it all together.”
REPORT: HBO is expected to release a documentary on Shaq in November.(via @bre_blogs, variety.com/2022/tv/news/h…) https://t.co/fbKnf1BUXn

The series will have its debut clip on "Inside the NBA" on Thursday night. "Shaq" will start airing on Nov. 23 and will continue for four weeks. The new episodes of the show will air each Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. It will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.


Today's league isn't fit for Shaquille O'Neal

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Shaquille O'Neal is the most dominant big man of all time. His tenacity on the court and talent is unmatched. Blending both skill and strength like his bread and butter, the Hall of Famer tore into the NBA as a generational great.

Behind his success, he often credits other people with how he was brought up. For those who weren't able to witness Shaq's greatness, his in-game physicality did a ton of damage to the court. He broke backboards in games, and the league had to upgrade its equipment to neutralize Shaq's strength.

O'Neal recently had an interview with The Guardian in which he talked about blaming himself for making the league soft.

"I do miss those big rivalries," O'Neal said. "I chuckle at the fact that big guys don't want to play inside no more. And it's all my fault, because you're a product of your environment. So, when I was watching big guys play, they fought in the middle."
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There is some truth to his statement. O'Neal's extreme physicality caused the league to officiate games differently. With the way the game is played now, it's hard to imagine there will be another player like Shaq.

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Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein
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