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But what Shaq really wants to do is direct

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the

Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat looks from the sidelines during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk competition 19 February 2005 in Denver. O’Neal will play for the East team in the NBA All-Star game against the West 20 February. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Once the owners and players get around to having an NBA season, Shaquille O’Neal will have a day job. Well, really a night job, but he’ll be part of the TNT crew on Inside the NBA.

But he’s coming up with a fallback position.

The man who helped bring us “Kazaam” now is studying to direct, according to TMZ.

Shaq is about to complete the Filmmaking Conservatory at the New York Film Academy’s branch at Universal Studios Hollywood. Shaq’s been very hands-on during directing and cinematography classes -- walking his crew through stunts ... and shooting on the studio’s famous back lot.

In some ways Shaq has the personality to be a director — he can be gregarious, funny and friendly and get people to do his bidding that way. Should he need to intimidate a little, well, he is a rather massive human being.

But after “Steel” do we really trust Shaq’s script choices? He’s worse than Brendan Fraser.