Here is a picture of my Shaquille O'Neal, also known as Shaq or Deisel. Shaq is one of my frequently requested balloon sculptures. He is also a fine addition to my celebrity balloon art line.
One sunny afternoon I met Shaq on a busy street in Miami. I spotted Shaq and a friend from afar coming towards me on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Incidentally, I had my balloon art photo album with me, so when Shaq and his friend came closer, I pulled the photo of Shaq (see above) out of my album and simply handed it over to him, saying, "Here, I made your balloon sculpture, Shaq." For a moment, I was afraid that the friend was really his body guard and he would apprehend me on spot. But Shaq just beamed and said, "Love it. Will call you for my next party."
Here are some little known facts about Shaq.
- Shaq's full name is Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal. The first and middle names mean “little warrior” in Islam.
- Shaq and his wife, Shaunie, have three sons, Myles, Shareef and Shaqir and three daughters, Taahirah, Amirah and Me’Arah…
- Shaq has two sisters, Ayesha and Lateefah and one brother, Jamal…
- Shaq wrote and co-wrote several books, among them:
- Shaq Talks Back: The Uncensored Word of My Life and Winning in the NBA.
- Shaq and the Beanstalk—and Other Very Tall Tales…(kids book)