Thursday night Basketball Hall of Fame legend Shaquille O’Neal appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about the unveiling of his statue in front of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Staples Center. During their chat, Shaq revealed he is a “big tipper.” He once tipped a waitress $4000 just because she asked.
According to Bleacher Report, Shaq told Kimmel:
“When I’m at restaurants, I like to show people my appreciation. So when they come up to the table, I say, ‘The quicker I get my order, the bigger your tip will be.’ And then the food will come fast. When we get ready to leave, I’ll ask them, ‘What do you want?’ And the most someone said was $4,000. And I said, ‘OK. No problem.'”
O’Neal said the young lady thanked him for covering 2 months of her rent. Kimmel told O’Neal he can never eat out again now that people know how he tips.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers revealed the 1200-pound bronze recreation of O’Neal, designed by Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany. Shaq’s statue joins statues of Laker icons Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Oscar de la Hoya and Lakers announcer Chick Hearn in the arena courtyard across from the L.A. Live entertainment complex.
According to Bleacher Report, what is unique about Shaq’s statue is it’s 10 feet above the ground affixed to the ceiling, next to a window. The statue is the iconic center hanging from the basketball rim, post-dunk.
Shaquille O’Neal set off controversy last week when he said on his podcast the earth was flat. Shaq let the world mull on that for about a week before he set the record straight on the Art of Charm podcast and admitted he knew the world was not flat. When the host asked Shaq about his “flat earth theory,” Shaq finally let everyone in on his joke explaining,
“The first part of the theory is, I’m joking, you idiots. That’s the first part of the theory. The second part is, I said jokingly that when I’m in my bus and I drive from Florida to California, which I do every summer, it seems to be flat. When I’m in my plane, and we’re getting ready to land, and I open up the window, and I’m looking at all the land that we’re flying over, it seems to be flat. But this world we live in people take things too seriously,” he said on the Art of Charm podcast.
Enjoy Shaq on Jimmy Kimmel Live here: