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Children's LiteratureIn the summer of 1992 a twenty-year-old rookie takes the court for the first time before a crowd of expectant National Basketball Association (NBA) fans. Everyone is expecting great things from this wide-eyed giant from Louisiana State University. In fact, eleven lottery teams in the NBA draft had hoped to pick him up and even had special jerseys made with O'Neal written across the back just in case. But Florida's Orlando Magic franchise won the lottery and now it is show time. Can this powerhouse deliver everything promised by all the hype and publicity? "I know there are a lot of expectations for me to become great." But the pressure doesn't worry Shaq. If he fails to measure up, he will still live "a happy life and keep on smiling." As sports history records, O'Neal does rocket to stardom. He fulfills the dreams of the Magic and the NBA and later takes his new team, the Lakers, to the NBA championship. His proud grandfather says of Shaq's contributions, "He is good for the game, he is good for the sport, and he is good for all the young people." This addition to the Sports Leaders series offers a concise, well-written profile of Shaquille O'Neal's life and career in the pros. Black and white photographs add action and involvement. The book concludes with up-to-date career statistics and Shaq's address and official team Web sites. It is appropriate for students writing reports and enjoyable for even the casual reader. 2004, Enslow Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.