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Shaquille O’Neal says he weighed 395 pounds when winning third Lakers title

Lakers stars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant during 2002 NBA Finals

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7: Center Shaquille O’Neal #34 of the Los Angeles Lakers listens to guard Kobe Bryant #8 while sitting on the trainer’s table before Game two of the 2002 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on June 7, 2002. The Lakers won 106-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant infamously clashed over Shaq’s weight while playing with the Lakers. Though they won three straight titles together, Kobe believed they could have been even better if Shaq followed his lead in conditioning.

Just how much did Shaq weigh?


Shaq revealed his weight while winning his four championships and present day:

  • 2000 Lakers: 345 pounds
  • 2001 Lakers: 365 pounds
  • 2002 Lakers: 395 pounds
  • 2005 Heat: 325 pounds
  • Current: 375 pounds

O’Neal was listed at 315 pounds for all three Los Angeles title seasons but 335 pounds then 340 pounds the following two years. He was listed at 325 pounds throughout his tenure with Miami.

For perspective, the highest listed weight in the database (which dates back to 1996-97) is at 360 pounds by Sim Bhullar, who briefly played for the Kings in 2015. Among players who spent even a full season in the league, Priest Lauderdale topped the charts at 343 pounds for the 1996-97 Hawks. The only current player listed above 300 pounds is 7-foot-5 Celtics center Tacko Fall at 311 pounds.

Shaq dominated by combining power, footwork and touch. He deployed his size as a weapon because he was so nimble for his weight.

Maybe pushing 400 pounds is an exaggeration – though maybe not! But Shaq clearly got too big for peak performance.

Still, playing as well as he did while so heavy is a tribute to his underrated skill level.