Shaq is baq.
We mean back.
The 46 year old onetime Miami Heat power player is doing what he loves: living the South Florida lifestyle.
The basketball legend, formally known as Shaquille O’Neal, played with the Heat from 2004 to 2008, and definitely made a large splash around these parts.
He’s done a ton of stuff since then, from podcasts and TV shows to DJ’ing. Most recently, O’Neal hosted Shaq’s Fun House during Miami Music Week, and spins with Gucci Mane during a stop on his Summer of Shaq tour on Thursday night at LIV and Friday at the Delano with Diplo.
Yep, a jack of many trades: In 2015, O’Neal was sworn in as a police officer in Doral, and paid the tidy sum of $0.
On Friday, he wears his movie star hat: costarring with a handful of other real life basketball stars in “Uncle Drew.” It’s a full length feature film based on the 2012 Pepsi commercial, both starring the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, who plays a geriatric hoops icon who’s still got game.
“I had a blast hanging with those guys,” said the Hall of Fame center from Pitbull’s SLAM Charter School’s gymnasium. “We sometimes had to do a few takes because we were cracking up.”
The seven foot one athlete doesn’t play much basketball in the movie. He spent four hours a day in the makeup chair, trying to look old as his character, retired hoops player Big Fella.
“I mean, I’m young, so yeah, it’s a challenge,” Diesel laughed, adding that when retirement time comes for real he won’t own a martial arts studio like Big Fella does.
“Nah, I’m going to retire in the sun, have some fun,” Shaq said.
Sounds like he’s already halfway there.