Shaq Buys Krispy Kreme Franchise
Shaquille O’Neal has snagged one of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts downtown Atlanta franchises. The company says O’Neal is an owner of the Krispy Kreme location on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the city.
O’Neal confirmed the news on Twitter.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) October 24, 2016
Nicknamed “Shaq”, the 44-year-old retired athlete played for six teams throughout his 19-year NBA career. Following his career at Louisiana State University, 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. Midway through the 2007–2008 season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O’Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009–10 season. O’Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before retiring.
In addition to his basketball career, O’Neal has released four rap albums. He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq’s Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.. He currently hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq.