Why Shaq is cool.
Now, I have to admit that I have not always been the biggest Shaq guy. Especially, during his Laker years...I always thought that there was a 'cheesy' side to the guy that I couldn't respect...But of late, I'm starting to love this guy more and more.
And that's not because he played through a horrific thigh bruise this past playoffs. It's because of some of the moves Shaquille O'Neal has made off-the-court over the past two years that have been nothing less than pure 'cool' and astounding.
His foundation that provides toys and food for needy children is highly successful throughout Miami-Dade county. He has been the spokesperson for "Safe Surfin'"Foundation, which hunts online predators and protects youth and adults from online crime. He picked up the tab for George Mikan's funeral. He bought a long-time Forum/Staples Center security guard a brand-new car after seeing his beat-up jalopy, and from judging his mentoring younger players such as Dwayne Wade and other younger All-Stars, he has become the 'Big Daddy' of the NBA, who is carrying the torch to be the role model for NBA players on how to respect traditions and yourself with your NBA career.
Now, that's just a few PR clips for you to repect "The Diesel". Now, here's another one to chalk up on the board...He achieved an MBA this past weekend from the University of Phoenix.
Now, everyone knows about the ads that are seen across the country for the U of Phoenix MBA programs, but Shaq should be highly commended for what he's done. This is a guy who has millions of dollars, and he could easily rest upon his celebrity to generate his wealth. Yet, he didn't...I was impressed when he returned to LSU to get his undergraduate degree. Now, he's talking about adding a Master's in Criminal Justice to his resume...Damn, get off!
What's even cooler about him is that after his trade to Miami, he completed the degree via online...After completing an online certificate this past year, I'm a major fan of online education...So, hopefully, Shaq will be used as an example for the powers of online education.
"Big Ups" to the Supermanic, Diesel fueled, phunkadonic, Aristotle,