HEAT Acquires O’Neal

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MIAMI, July 14 – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have acquired 11-time All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Caron Butler, Brian Grant, Lamar Odom and a future first-round draft pick.

“Today the Miami HEAT took a giant step forward in our continued pursuit of an NBA championship for the city of Miami and this franchise,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “It has always been about winning for us and trying to win championships. We feel that we have traded for the best player in the NBA. I feel tremendous sadness and a debt of gratitude to Brian, Lamar and Caron because these were men who really bought into our team and our organization and the city of Miami. It disheartens me to see them leave and I thank them for their many contributions to the HEAT and wish them nothing but the best. However you don’t get many chances to acquire the best player in the league and this was a trade I felt we had to make.”

The NBA Life and Times of Shaquille O'Neal

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O’Neal, a three-time NBA Champion, has averaged 27.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.6 blocks per game over the course of his 12-year NBA career. He is a two-time regular season scoring champion and has led the league in field goal percentage seven times, including last season when he connected on 58.4 percent of his attempts. He ranks first among active NBA players in field goal percentage (.577) and scoring average (27.1 ppg), and third and fourth, respectively, on the NBA’s all-time list. He is also second among active players in blocked shots (2,102). He is tied with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Wilt Chamberlain for the most seasons of averaging 20+ points and 10+ rebounds. The group has each done it 12 times, with O’Neal being the only one to do it in every season in which he has played. In the playoffs, O’Neal has averaged 27.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.4 blocks in 158 games.

O’Neal was named one of the league’s 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and has been an All-NBA Team selection for the past 11 seasons, including being named to the All-NBA First Team for the last five years. In his twelve NBA seasons, he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player once, the NBA Finals MVP on three occasions and the NBA All-Star Game MVP twice. He is one of only three players in NBA history to win MVP honors in the regular season, All-Star Game and the Finals in the same year. He is a two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection and was also given the IBM Award for all-around contribution to a team’s success twice. He has garnered NBA Player of the Week honors 18 times and NBA Player of the Month honors 11 times.

O’Neal spent the last eight seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, where he helped lead the club to four NBA Finals appearances and three NBA Championships. As a Laker, O’Neal averaged 24.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.2 blocks in 514 regular season games. He also averaged 29.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 blocks in 100 playoff games with the Lakers.

Originally drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, O’Neal spent four seasons with the Magic. As a member of the club, he averaged 27.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.8 blocks in 295 games. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game during his inaugural season and was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

O’Neal has also found success while representing his country. He was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team in 1996 as well as a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. World Championship team in 1994.

Caron Butler was selected by the HEAT with the 10th pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. In his two seasons with the club, he has averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.5 minutes per game.

Brian Grant, who spent the previous four seasons with Miami, was acquired by the club as part of a three-way sign-and-trade deal with Portland and Cleveland on August 30, 2000. Grant has averaged 11.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 30.1 minutes per game over the span of his 10-year career. As a member of the HEAT, he averaged 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 312 games.

Lamar Odom signed with the HEAT as a free agent on August 27, 2003, after spending the previous four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 17.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in a team-high 37.5 minutes per game last season. In his 310 career games, he has averaged 16.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 36.4 minutes per game.

HEAT broadcast partner Sunshine Network will televise O’Neal’s inaugural Miami press conference live statewide. At this point details are not yet finalized.

Below is a list of some of O'Neal's awards and accomplishments:

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL AWARDS:

  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2000)
  • NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (2000, 2001, 2002)
  • NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (2000, 2004)
  • All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1995, 1999)
  • All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996, 1997)
  • All-Defensive Second Team (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • NBA Player of the Week (18 times)
  • NBA Player of the Month (11 times)
  • NBA 50 th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
  • IBM Award [all-around contributions to a team's success] (2000, 2001)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • All-Rookie First Team (1993)

    SHAQUILLE O'NEAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Three NBA Championships (2000, 2001, 2002)
  • 11 NBA All-Star Game appearances (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Two-time regular season scoring champion (1994-95, 1999-00)
  • Seven-time league leader in field goal percentage (1993-94, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04)
  • Member of gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team (1996)
  • Member of gold-medal winning U.S. World Championship team (1994)

    SHAQUILLE O'NEAL career totals:

                   

    REBOUNDS

     

    YEAR

    TEAM

    G

    GS

    MIN

    FGM-A

    3PM-A

    FTM-A

    OFF

    DEF

    TOT

    AST

    STL

    BLK

    TO

    PF

    PTS

    92-93

    ORL

    81

    81

    3,071

    733-1,304

    0-2

    427-721

    342

    780

    1,122

    152

    60

    286

    307

    321

    1,893

    93-94

    ORL

    81

    81

    3,224

    953-1,591

    0-2

    471-850

    384

    688

    1,072

    195

    76

    231

    222

    281

    2,377

    94-95

    ORL

    79

    79

    2,923

    930-1,594

    0-5

    455-854

    328

    573

    901

    214

    73

    192

    204

    258

    2,315

    95-96

    ORL

    54

    52

    1,946

    592-1,033

    1-2

    249-511

    182

    414

    596

    155

    34

    115

    155

    193

    1,434

    96-97

    LAL

    51

    51

    1,941

    552-991

    0-4

    232-479

    195

    445

    640

    159

    46

    147

    146

    180

    1,336

    97-98

    LAL

    60

    57

    2,175

    670-1,147

    0-0

    359-681

    208

    473

    681

    142

    39

    144

    175

    193

    1,699

    98-99

    LAL

    49

    49

    1,705

    510-885

    0-1

    269-498

    187

    338

    525

    114

    36

    82

    122

    155

    1,289

    99-00

    LAL

    79

    79

    3,163

    956-1,665

    0-1

    432-824

    336

    742

    1,078

    299

    36

    239

    223

    255

    2,344

    00-01

    LAL

    74

    74

    2,924

    813-1,422

    0-2

    499-972

    291

    649

    940

    277

    47

    204

    218

    256

    2,125

    01-02

    LAL

    67

    66

    2,422

    712-1,229

    0-1

    398-717

    235

    480

    715

    200

    41

    137

    171

    199

    1,822

    02-03

    LAL

    67

    66

    2,535

    695-1,211

    0-0

    451-725

    259

    483

    742

    206

    38

    159

    196

    229

    1,841

    03-04

    LAL

    67

    67

    2,464

    554-948

    0-0

    331-676

    246

    523

    769

    196

    34

    166

    195

    225

    1,439

    Career

     

    809

    802

    30,493

    8,670-15,020

    1-20

    4,573-8,508

    3,193

    6,588

    9,781

    2,309

    560

    2,102

    2,334

    2,745

    21,914

    Playoffs

     

    158

    158

    6,382

    1,658-2,951

    0-0

    978-1,889

    722

    1,318

    2,040

    492

    92

    374

    475

    552

    4,294

    All-Star

     

    8

    6

    198

    61-116

    0-1

    24-50

    28

    43

    71

    8

    9

    14

    17

    20

    146

    SHAQUILLE O'NEAL career averages:

                   

    REBOUNDS PER GAME

     

    YEAR

    TEAM

    G

    GS

    MPG

    FG%

    3P%

    FT%

    OFF

    DEF

    RPG

    APG

    SPG

    BPG

    TO

    PF

    PPG

    92-93

    ORL

    81

    81

    37.9

    .562

    .000

    .592

    4.20

    9.60

    13.90

    1.9

    .74

    3.53

    3.79

    4.00

    23.4

    93-94

    ORL

    81

    81

    39.8

    .599

    .000

    .554

    4.70

    8.50

    13.20

    2.4

    .94

    2.85

    2.74

    3.50

    29.3

    94-95

    ORL

    79

    79

    37.0

    .583

    .000

    .533

    4.20

    7.30

    11.40

    2.7

    .92

    2.43

    2.58

    3.30

    29.3

    95-96

    ORL

    54

    52

    36.0

    .573

    .500

    .487

    3.40

    7.70

    11.00

    2.9

    .63

    2.13

    2.87

    3.60

    26.6

    96-97

    LAL

    51

    51

    38.1

    .557

    .000

    .484

    3.80

    8.70

    12.50

    3.1

    .90

    2.88

    2.86

    3.50

    26.2

    97-98

    LAL

    60

    57

    36.3

    .584

    .000

    .527

    3.50

    7.90

    11.40

    2.4

    .65

    2.40

    2.92

    3.20

    28.3

    98-99

    LAL

    49

    49

    34.8

    .576

    .000

    .540

    3.80

    6.90

    10.70

    2.3

    .73

    1.67

    2.49

    3.20

    26.3

    99-00

    LAL

    79

    79

    40.0

    .574

    .000

    .524

    4.30

    9.40

    13.60

    3.8

    .46

    3.03

    2.82

    3.20

    29.7

    00-01

    LAL

    74

    74

    39.5

    .572

    .000

    .513

    3.90

    8.80

    12.70

    3.7

    .64

    2.76

    2.95

    3.50

    28.7

    01-02

    LAL

    67

    66

    36.1

    .579

    .000

    .555

    3.50

    7.20

    10.70

    3.0

    .61

    2.04

    2.55

    3.00

    27.2

    02-03

    LAL

    67

    66

    37.8

    .574

    .000

    .622

    3.90

    7.20

    11.10

    3.1

    .57

    2.37

    2.93

    3.40

    27.5

    03-04

    LAL

    67

    67

    36.8

    .584

    .000

    .490

    3.70

    7.80

    11.50

    2.9

    .51

    2.48

    2.91

    3.40

    21.5

    Career

     

    809

    802

    37.7

    .577

    .050

    .537

    3.90

    8.10

    12.10

    2.9

    .69

    2.60

    2.89

    3.40

    27.1

    Playoffs

     

    158

    158

    40.4

    .562

    .000

    .518

    4.60

    8.30

    12.90

    3.1

    .58

    2.37

    3.01

    3.50

    27.2

    All-Star

     

    8

    6

    24.8

    .526

    .000

    .480

    3.50

    5.40

    8.90

    1.0

    1.13

    1.75

    2.13

    2.50

    18.3