Shaquille O'Neal is making a name in the music industry by hosting a carnival-themed Fun House party in Miami recently. The retired basketball player explains how he became involved in the party and music scenes.
Shaq's Fun House
After crashing the first TomorrowWorld in 2014, O'Neal forged a friendship with Joe Silberzweig, the director of the festival. The two men teamed up with Adam Richman for a dance extravaganza called the Shaq's Fun House.
The event features performers in costumes, games, entertainment, and more across two stages. During a recent interview, O'Neal opened up about his latest venture and explained why he decided to come up with his own music event.
"Well, my partners, Joe and the Big Room Group, those guys are musical experts. We started talking about how we could do something different, and we pulled our resources together. Those guys helped turn my vision into reality," said O'Neal.
O'Neal also said that he plans to extend the music event beyond Miami because he knows the sports and music bring people together.
"It's great to see at TomorrowWorld the different nations, different flags, different people out there just jumping up and down, having a good time. I didn't see no cops out there. I also didn't no violence out there either," O'Neal added.
Who Is Shaquille O'Neal?
O'Neal is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently working as a sports analyst on television. He has been dubbed as one of the best NBA players in history. Throughout his 19-year career in the NBA, O'Neal became part of six different teams.
After playing for Orlando Magic, he signed as a free agent for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2004, O'Neal was traded for the Miami Heat. Three years later, he played for the Phoenix Suns. In 2009, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he last played for the Boston Celtics before he retired in 2011.
O'Neal announced his retirement on Sports Center on June 2, 2011, at the age of 39.
"I'm going to miss the competition. I'm going to miss, you know, the chase for the ring. You know, I'm actually going to miss everything. Father Time has caught up with Shaquille O'Neal," said the athlete.
Reactions To His Retirement
Following his announcement, Jeff Twiss, the spokesperson for the Boston Celtics, said that they were not informed of O'Neal's decision beforehand.
His teammate, Kevin Garnett, said that he will miss the Big Fella. David Stern, a sports commissioner, called O'Neal a "giant," who is physically imposing.