Shaquille O’Neal played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career. O’Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. He quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992/93 and later leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals. After four years with the Magic, O’Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. They won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Amid tension between O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006.
The Spalding Basketball has been personally signed by Shaquille O’Neal in the presence of a Beckett authentication representative. Included with the basketball is a witnessed hologram attached to the ball and certificate of authentication.