Shaq Uncut: My Story

What is Shaq Uncut?

Shaq Uncut: My Story is a awesome book by Shaquille O'neal.  The story is narrated by none other than Shaquille O'neal  Not many people know that much about Shaquille' O'neal. People may see and know him by multiple nicknames such as Shaquille O'neal as Shaqtus, The big Aristotle, or just may know him by his Legendary NBA career.  

Genre: Auto-Biography

Sub-Genre: Non-Fiction

Main Characters

3 main characters that appeared in the first few characters there were two many characters to cover.

Main Characters Shaquille O'Neal, Lucille O'Neal, and Sergeant Philip Harrison  

Description of Main Characters:

Shaquille O'Neal

A tall kid who when he was at a young age did not really know what he wanted to do in life so his step-father put a ball in his hand and he developed his game and style from the basketball court

Lucille O'Neal

Lucille O'Neal is Shaquille O'Neal's loving mother who always believed in him 200 percent. She was always there for Shaq unlike his biological father.

Sergeant Philip Hariison

Sergeant Philip Harrison was Shaquiile O'Neal's no-nonsense father who made Shaq into a man at a very early age.  Sergeant Philip Harrison was Shaq's Step-father who was a Drill Seargent and also worked at a military base near Shaq's home.   Shaq

Settings

A few settings that were in Shaq Uncut: My Story were Los Angeles, Newark, New Jersey, Miami, and Boston.   

Plot

Shaquille O'Neal as a young child grew up in the projects of Newark, New Jersey raised by his single-mother, his step-father, grandmother, family, and friends. Shaquille O'Neal was a normal kid growing up in the projects getting in trouble and doing things he wasn't suppose to.  In Newark, New Jersey where he was  growing up it was a very terrible time to be there. At the time in Newark, New Jersey there were lots of riots.  Through Shaq staying in school, doing the right thing, and him being good at basketball. He went to one of the best colleges at the time, built  legendary basketball career, and has a net worth of 250 million dollars. This story show that with a hard work ethic you can do anything you put your mind to.

Symbolism

Shaq's Coach vs Shaq

"I know that all the other coaches will try and get even with me but I also looked at you as a son."

Symbolizes their Coach to player Relationship

Dale Drown vs. Shaq

"We always wrote back to each other every summer about how my game was going along and what was going on with him.?

Symbolizes their Coach to Player  Relationship

Foreshadowing

I believe that Shaquille O'Neal in the book always foreshadowed that he would go to LSU because of the strong bond he had with LSU coach Dale Brown

Connections

I believe that this book reminds me of one of my favorite movies More than A Game. The movie was basically the story of LeBron James. Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron in life basically go thorough the same things and it seems to me that it has a mirror affect. For example LeBron grew up in a bad neighborhood in Akron, Ohio and Shaquile O'Neil grew up in the projects of Newark, New jersey and noN they are successful NBA Stars and businessmen.

Conflict

Man vs Man

One of Shaquille O'Nea'ls most favorite basketball player Patrick Ewing was really angry that he didn't get selected over Shaq to be on the starting line-up in the NBA All Star game. Shaquille attempted to shake his hand instead his idol slapped his hand and keep walking.

Man vs Self

Shaq had a very hard public speaking problem and stuttered from time to time. Shaq took it upon himself to  overcome the challenge. he took a public speaking class when he was in college at LSU and overcame his problem

Man vs Society

When Shaq was in high School and College people who did not like Shaq would make fun of him because his biological father Joseph Toney was not around when he was older. At games when the crowd did not favor him at times they would make mean and un-positive chants towards him but in the book Shaq states that it did not bother him.

Mood

The mood of this story in Shaq Uncut: My Story is inspiring.

recommendation

I would recommend this book to young adults and to a mature audience.

Did you know?

Did you know that Shaquille O'Neal is an American Rapper, A current NBA anaylst, and hosts the funny NBA tv show Shaqtin-A-Fool.

Shaq speaks about how we lived everything throughout the book.

Shaq's shimmy.

Shaq's funny free throws

Top Ten Shaq Dunks

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