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Shaq Uncut: Tall Tales and Untold Stories

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,084 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.

You know him by any number of names, and chances are you know all about his legendary basketball career: Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal is a four-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. After being an All-American at Louisiana State Uni
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
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Dec 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shaq was like, "Here's my book." I was like, "This is awful." ...more
Sharon :)
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sooo good. If I can’t watch sports listening and learning about the greats will be my season 🙌🏽🙌🏽 I highly recommend this title!!!
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a really GoodRead! Funny!
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you like reading about motivational and inspirational books, this is a book for you. Shaq came from nothing at the beginning of his life and turned that around and became a professional basketball star. He provided for his family who didn't have much, and gave back to the community. I wouldn't have ages 10 or lower read this book because there was some mature content and some words they may not understand. But if you like basketball and like motivational and inspirational books his a book for ...more
Jo Skeffington-Debski
I highly recommend this book. I felt like I was sitting by the fire and listening to Shaquille tell his story. No doubt one of my all time favorite players to watch, so enjoyed reading about his career but what I loved most was seeing what a caring, generous human being he was/is. Thank you.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shaq Uncut written by Shaq O’Neal himself is a non fiction biography that talks primarily about Shaq’s rough life before he made it to the NBA and a little bit during his life in the NBA. This book was great as I got to read how hilarious Shaq was during his child hood just like he is now, how it keeps your mind latched as it is a true story, and how you get that one of a kind reading sense as it’s a biography. One thing I didn’t like about this book is how you are able to realize that the book ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked him a lot more before this book. Too much ego - nothing is ever his fault.
Andreas Gjerde
Dec 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shaq Uncut: No brakes on the brags.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, humor
I listened to the audio book and it's great and Shaq is a great person (except when it comes to free throws :-).

I highly recommend this book.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was great.I would say this book is for people that want to know how the NBA is from the inside.As a basketball fan we don't see much or hear much. We only hear what they want us to hear.I really loved how this book didn't hold anything back. Shaq talked about his drama with Kobe and even how didn't like how Dwight Howard isn't original. I would also recommend this book to be that have work hard all their life and feel like they want to give up because it seems impossible to reach their ...more
Rico Le
Oct 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Easy read, funny anecdotes. Provides a little background on the human behind "Shaq". ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone who is an NBA basketball fan. Shaq opens up in great detail about his professional and personal life, and gives the reader an in-depth look at who he is as a person. What is revealed, which may be surprising to many, is how unbelievably sensitive and generous of a person Shaquille is. He takes you through his journey as a poor, overgrown kid living in a strict military household all the way to his glory days of stardom dominating the NBA . He takes the reader into ...more
David Kao
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This books tells you a lot about Shaq , how he become one of the greatest basketball player , what difficulties does he faced , injuries , family problems ...etc .
He is a legend in basketball , he has 4 champions , and 1 Mvp and he is my favorite bball player , he began to play bball when he was little that why he is so goo , so I recommend this book to all of the Shaq fans all over the world , because this book tells you how Shaq goes to NBA , from high school to college to NBA , play for 6 te
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shaq UNCUT is about a NB player named shaquille O'neal. Shaq was a bully in his young years, shaq always seemed to be taller and clumsy. Shaq felt superior to everyone else. When shaq came to his teenage years he began to be interested in sports, mostly basketball, but shaq always was the player he was in the NBA he had to learn like everyone else.

I really liked the book it was everything sad, funny, action packed. The book had a lot more into it than i had thought. Most biographies i can barely
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a cut above most sports autobiography because it is not solely about basketball. Shaq writes about his upbringing, his life as a policeman, in college, as a rapper, as a movie and a reality television star etc. Shaq does have an ego but that is just Shaq being Shaq. He also tells about the people in his life that he admires and those that he has had trouble with and why. This book will be liked by a niche audience of Shaq fans, LSU fans, NBA fans and sports fans in general. He also ...more
Cameron Paynter
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: term-3
Most people know Shaq from the basketball court with the amazing career he has had playing basketball. But this book doesn't only talk about that it talks about Shaq's life and most of the things that people don't know about Shaq, how he is just a big fun loving guy. Shaw is hilarious and so are some things i this book. if you are a fan of Shaq or basketball and want to read about a pretty tremendous person's life then Shaq uncut is the book for you. ...more
Trae Nichols
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It changed mine perspective through life, and on the basketball court. It taught me how hard work can lead me to my dreams in life. Also this book is great for people who are hopeless in life, and want to make something out of themselves. Shaq came from a poor childhood, but made now he is famous. Not only that, but this book is good for professional athletes. Professional athletes should give back to the community, because many young kids look up to them.
Jay Rain
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating - 8.2

Big guy seems to have blue chips on his shoulder & does a fair amount of finger-pointing; In one sense, my TMZ-side likes the drama but the more mature me thinks less of Shaq (who shirks accountability)

Satisfying amount of insider information (there can always be more) & though it is a bit over-played, you can see that Shaq is generous to his own detriment - appreciate that he owns up to his misgivings

Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read. Like many biographies it reads like the liner notes of a good CD with all the thank yous and I couldn't have done it with yous. But, there is a lot to learn about this guy; he's interesting, and it's in ways you wouldn't expect. Plus, I love Jackie Mac, so I had to give it a go. You won't be disappointed. ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shaq is one of the biggest guys in the NBA. He's also been injury prone. But he has been a fighting force on some of the best teams out there. He shares details from his days with the Magic, Lakers, Celtics, Suns, Cavs and Heat. He's played with the greats, been coached by some of the best and is telling all in this book. ...more
Zach Wilber
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shaq Uncut: Tall Tales and Untold Stories takes you inside the life of one of the world's most recognizable athletes, Shaquille O'neal. Shaq talks about his many hardships growing up, his untouchable NBA career, and more. Anyone would enjoy this book, because it's full of humor and great stories from a living legend. ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: basketball
Shaq is funny. And frank. If you have interest in the basketball scene during the years he played, it gives a lot of first hand info. The book isn't terribly well written, but I definitely liked it.

Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, audio, read-2012
While not much of a Shaq fan during most of his career I've kind of come around on him and found this book about his life pretty interesting. Listened to the audio version which was performed by Dion Graham who really had Shaq's cadence and tone down perfectly. ...more
Jacob Dahmen
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I thoought that it was a great story and that shaq went through a lot to get to where he is today. it was very inspiring book.(2)
Ciaran Mills
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Shaq, so this was a must read for me. Not written fantastically but the stories more than make up for that.
Deogratias Rweyemamu
A few pages into this book and there was no doubt Shaq was fully involved in writing his story. The pages brim with boyish humor that has been characteristic of Shaq.

The chronology was kept well structured and still allowed short detours every now and then that kept me fully engaged with the book.

Like with most successful people, Shaq attributes most of his success from his parents. His stepfather being an army man forced them to move every now and then for extended periods of time. In exchang
Anuk Yingrotetarakul
tldr ;)
Read if you want a few laughs, already know a bit about the NBA and Shaq, and just have some free time to spare. Don't read it if you are looking for serious content.

Definitely not a serious read. Shaq's narrative is funny, insightful (in some aspects), and pretty relaxing to read. Nonetheless, if you are looking for serious analysis of the NBA, the sports industry, or anything of that sort, be prepared to be disappointed.

Shaq is childish and he doesn't shy awat from it in his writing. He
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this up for two reasons: one, it was at a Goodwill for $2 and two, on the back he lists all of his nicknames and one of them was "Big Aristotle." I had never heard anyone call Shaq that and could not imagine any ways in which he was similar to the Ancient Greek philosopher so I wanted to know WTF that was about...

And given those two criteria I can't really flunk this book because it was so cheap and because it does, in fact, answer that one question. Shaq is the Big Aristotle because Ar
Phillip Laswell
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Being a basketball fan I have enjoyed this book so far for the most part as there has been some times where it did get a little long but I'm currently about half way through the book and I feel like it is kinda cool. Reason being is that it talks about his life outside of just basketball. It reveals his real character and even though he may seem like a beast on the court he's actually a really funny and seemingly cool guy to be around. We have seen him act goofy and stuff at the all star game bu ...more
Adam Funk
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shaq Uncut is an eye-opening book that will grab your attention throughout the story of Shaq's interesting life. Never before behind-the-scenes stories are shared about Shaq's childhood, journey to the NBA, and his trek throughout his wonderful career in the NBA. The book starts with when Shaq was born and details into his childhood where he was constantly moving because his step-father was a sergeant in the military. Shaq ultimately develops into an overnight star in high school and chooses to ...more
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