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Shaquille O'Neal's Multi-Million Dollar Moves Prove There's More To His Game — ‘I’ve Always Been A Businessman Who Is Athletic’

The NBA has experienced many shifts affecting how the game is played. One of those shifts is the visible absence of “big men.” Now more in tune with faster and more agile playing, the league was once filled with what some considered “true centers” regarding their overall size. And NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was a part of that coveted group. O’Neal entered the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick to the Orlando Magic in 1992, according to the NBA website. Coming from a successful collegiate career at LSU, the 7’1″ center quickly made a presence for himself as a star player for the Magic. “Shaq put the Orlando Magic on the map – not just in the state of Florida or in the United States; he was this global phenomenon,’’ said Fox Sports Florida announcer and former Orlando Magic employee David Steele. “When we traveled, it was like a traveling rock show. Everybody wanted to see Shaq.’’ Throughout his basketball career, he played on six teams. However, O’Neal’s most notable on-court contributions...

Josh Rodgers

Jun 7, 2023

LeBron James' NBA All-Time Leading Scorer Jersey Could Fetch Over $3M If It Hit The Auction Block, Report Says

LeBron James has officially made history as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer , but the threads he wore could prove to be pretty historic, too.

Shanique Yates

Feb 9, 2023

Jersey Worn By The Late Kobe Bryant Could Be Auctioned For Up To $7M

How much would you be willing to spend to get your hands on a literal piece of Kobe Bryant’s history?    

Shanique Yates

Jan 12, 2023

Did You Know Magic Johnson Was The Third Player To Sign An NBA Contract Worth $1M A Year?

Imagine it: the year is 1984, and between the bright neon color tracksuits and massive brick cell phones, Prince had the number one song on the charts with “Doves Cry.” And while this seems like a wild time, it was all in line with the eccentric characteristics of the era. Technology was evolving, perspectives were shifting, and money was being made. The year 1984 was also the start of a 25-year contract for NBA legend Magic Johnson.

Josh Rodgers

Dec 29, 2022

Two NBA Championship Rings Lamar Odom Sold For $114K To Pay Medical Bills Were Given Back To Him For Free

Money isn’t everything, and that mindset helped return two championship rings to former Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom.

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 2, 2022

LeBron James Makes History As The Highest Earning NBA Player With $532M In Career Guaranteed Money

When people say Black History Month is not confined to February, it’s more than a colorful statement. First, Black History is World History, so it should be celebrated daily. Also, people like LeBron James consistently raise the bar and set records that elevate the Black community. In a recent contract negotiation, LeBron James has become the highest earning NBA player with $532 million in career-guaranteed money. $532M in guaranteed money 💰 Bron after becoming the highest-earning player in NBA history — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 17, 2022

Josh Rodgers

Aug 18, 2022

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Has A $20M Fortune, But Almost Lost It All And Had To File A $59M Lawsuit Against His Ex-Business Manager

If you find yourself in a Black-owned barber shop, there is a high chance that sports talk is always on the agenda. And when it comes to basketball, in particular, people can’t get enough of deciding who the GOAT is — Lebron James or Michael Jordan? However, what about the game legends like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Players like Abdul-Jabbar laid the foundation for the more recent past and present players the world knows and loves. With a 20-year career average of 24.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 11.2 rebounds per game, many find it difficult to dispute the impact Abdul-Jabbar had on the game. In 1969, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was chosen as the No. 1 draft pick from UCLA to the Milwaukee Bucks. He stayed with that team for six seasons and led the franchise to its first NBA championship in 1971. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kareemabduljabbar_33) After his time in Milwaukee, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975...

Josh Rodgers

Aug 9, 2022

Rare LeBron James Triple Logoman Trading Card Projected To Hit Record-Breaking Sale Of Over $6.6M

LeBron James is known for breaking various records. Now, in the global sports trading card market it appears nothing has changed. CNN reports a rare LeBron James Triple Logoman trading card could sell for over $6.6 million. The card, which goes up for auction on Wednesday, June 8, would become the most expensive sports card sold to date if it lives up to projections, according to Goldin Auctions. “The best comparison that I can use for the modern reader is imagine Willy Wonka (and) the Chocolate Factory, looking for that gold ticket,” Ken Goldin, executive chairman of auctioneers Goldin said, according to Reuters. “And then imagine there was only one golden ticket instead of five.”

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 7, 2022

Kobe Bryant Game-Worn Rookie Year Playoff Jersey Sold for $2.37M In Recent Auction

It’s been a little over two years since Kobe Bryant tragically left us, but his legacy is strong! From continued brand partnerships to children across the world yelling “Kobe” as they attempt a shot – the impact Bryant had is forever imprinted on people’s hearts. With such a positive influence on the world of sports and beyond, coming across Kobe-related memorabilia is a premium. According to TMZ Sports, a Kobe Bryant game-worn jersey just sold for $2.73 million at SCP Auctions.

Josh Rodgers

Jun 6, 2022

Autographed Card Of A Teenage Kobe Bryant Projected To Sell For Over $1M At Auction

A Kobe Bryant sports memorabilia is set to hit the market and it could reportedly sell for over $1 million.

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 1, 2022

Magic Johnson Recalls Leaving A Nike Shoe Deal On The Table — 'Man, I Would’ve Been A Trillionaire By Now'

Earlier in his career, Magic Johnson made a decision that, in hindsight, could have cost him in the long run.

Shanique Yates

Apr 26, 2022

Why LeBron James Filing For Trademarks Could Mean Big Business In The Metaverse

LeBron James seems to be shooting for the metaverse. Laker’s Daily reports that the NBA superstar has filed four different trademarks, indicating his interest in the space. The move indicates that he will use his name and likeness for various non-fungible tokens (NFTs), tokens, and collectibles within the Web3 scope. Here’s how James is well on his way to building a long legacy outside of his sports endeavors.

Shanique Yates

Mar 9, 2022

Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers, Xbox Open A State-Of-The-Art Gaming Lab Inspiring Kids To Dream Big

Xbox and the Los Angeles Lakers are expanding their partnership to inspire the next generation of athletes. In its latest efforts, it was announced that Xbox and NBA athlete Dwight Howard renovated the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, which will house the program’s Dream Space. Kids are welcomed to enjoy the multi-purpose gaming lab featuring new artwork, custom purple and gold Xbox Series S consoles, gaming PCs, and screens.

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 3, 2022

Stephen Curry's 2974 NFT Drop Raises $2.1M Within Its First Hour, Profits Set To Go To Charity

Stephen Curry doesn’t miss — not even from the Metaverse! Following his latest victory of breaking the all-time NBA three-point record during the Golden State Warriors game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Curry launched his very own non-fungible token (NFT) collection, which sold out in less than five minutes. Within the first hour, the drop raised $2.1 million and all of the profits will go directly to charity including his very own foundation alongside his wife Ayesha Curry, Eat. Learn. Play. “We’re incredibly proud of Stephen for this amazing achievement,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO and President of Eat. Learn. Play., in an official press release shared with AfroTech. “We’re honored that these commemorative moments of Stephen’s brilliant career will benefit Eat. Learn. Play., where the funds raised will go directly to support our foundation’s work in improving the lives of children in...

Shanique Yates

Dec 22, 2021