Shaquille O’Neal explains why he rejected Nike shoe approval deal

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Shaquille O’Neal has arguably had one of the most successful basketball careers in NBA history. Throughout his time in the league, O’Neal has been regarded and is arguably still one of the greatest centers of all time.

His successes in the sport have caught the attention of many players in the industry and even many brands vying for the support of the basketball player. Among those who contacted O’Neal was the sneaker giant, Nike. However, when O’Neal was drafted, he declined Nike’s offer and instead signed a deal with Reebok.

In a recent interview, O’Neal revealed why he rejected Nike’s lucrative deal,

“When I was drafted they gave me the opportunity to have my own shoe – Reebok. Nike was interested, but they didn’t want me to have my own shoe.

He went on to explain that at the time he was “not interested in being another guy on the shelf. I wanted to have my own line, my own shoe. I wanted to go out with a bang. You know my motto was to make sure people remember my name. And instead of proving myself first, I wanted my name to be known first to get better later. While some may have thought it was a loss for the athlete, he doubled down on his choice, stating, “Nike owned the Shaq brand at one point, but they didn’t pay attention, they didn’t. wanted nothing to do with it and they returned it to me and I’ve taken it to 600 million pairs since sold.

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