Why did Shaq withdraw

The astrologer comments on Shaquille O'Neal's unusual name, which means 'good guidance'.


NBA legend Lucille O'Neal's mother revealed why she named her son Shaquille Rashad O'Neal.

Shaquille O'Neal told about his relationship with himMother Lucille, and why she gave him such an unusual name.

Shaquille revealed that his mom is his best friend, confidante, and the only one who can get Big Shaq to behave ...

Lucille, who got Shaq straight out of high school, went back to college and graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a bachelor's degree in science

Shaquille O'Neal and his mother Lucille O'Neal before 'Good Morning America' in New York City | Source: Getty Image


Shaq opens Oprah's masterclass, on OWN, his mother who decided to give him a name that would be an inspiration for his future when he was 17: Shaquille, which means 'small' and Rashad, which means 'warrior'. She told Shaq:

'You are my little warrior, I fought with you and I fought for you.'

Professional astrologer Mila Venetsianskaya

In order to study the meaning of this name in more detail, AmoMama only contacted professional astrologer Mila Venetsianskaya, who shared her point of view.

Rashad is an Arabic male name meaning 'common sense' or 'good conduct', especially on matters of religious importance. Rashad was never particularly popular in the western world until the name was borrowed from African Americans in the mid-1970s.

People with this name love the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčlove in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personality, they easily attract people. They are looking for balance and harmony in their life and in the whole world. You are conscientious and service minded and a champion for the underdog.

According to an astrologer, these personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by beautiful material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things.

Of course there was nothing 'little' Shaq, who was such a big kid, that bus drivers would question his age when he was just 2 years old and ask his mother to pay the bus fare. Shaq remembers seeing his mother having a fist fight with a bus driver who didn't believe he was 2 years old.

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Another big win! Welcome to the # gb family, @SportsIllustrated! . . . . #sportillustrated # relapse

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As for Lucille, her own name means 'light' and that was what she was to her little warrior - a guiding light and inspiration.

Lucille is also quite a warrior herself, who gave birth to Shaq out of wedlock at a young age and a deep down religious family to keep and raise him alone.


Shaq remembered that he and his young mother would move around a lot in the early years of his life to seek refuge with various relatives, as their own family had given her what Shaq calls 'the cold shoulder'.

But Lucille was a determined girl, a fighter, and she is so much more than just Shaquille O'Neal's mother. She raised him alone until he was 6 years old. Then she met her husband, Sergeant Phillip A. Harrison.

A sense of family

Shaq and Lucille finally had a family and a home - and the future NBA star had a father figure whom he would later praise:

'R.I.P. to this man who took in a woman in 1975 and raised her son in the' BRICK CITY 'to become the most dominant tall man of all time, I have ever said that. I love you SGT PHILIP ARTHUR HARRISON, wouldn't be a SHAQ if it wasn't for you. '

Shaquille O'Neal and his family on Shareef's 18th birthday in 2018 | Source: Getty Images

It was Harrison who was to introduce himself to Shaq playing basketball and give him his three beloved siblings: brother Jamal and sisters Lateefah and Ayesha. He would die in 2013 to the horror of his wife and children.

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Damn, I was so lazy.

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Lucille, who got Shaq straight out of high school, went back to college and graduated from Bethune Cookman University with a bachelor's degree in science. She later earned her Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix - and was thrilled Shaq to do the same.

Shaq O'Neal received his PhD in Education from Barry University in Miami in 2012 Source: Getty Images

It was from Lucille that Shaq inherited his fighting spirit, determination, legendary generosity and sense of family. He and his family suffered a brutal blow when his beloved younger sister Ayesha succumbed to cancer in October 2019 at the age of 40.

'Big Fella, you stay tuned.'

Ernie, Kenny, Charles & Commissioner Silver's thoughts are with the O'Neal family pic.twitter.com/5yUtdhjWkZ

- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 24, 2019

Just three months later, on January 26, 2020, Shaq heard the news that shook the sports world: his colleague Lakers and close personal friend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna had died in a helicopter accident, in which 7 others were killed People perished.

Shaq, a close personal friend of the family - his daughter Me'arah O'Neal had her birthday with Gianna on May 1, 2006 - was shaken. He has vowed to look after Kobe's family, his wife Vanessa and 3 surviving daughters, the youngest of whom is only 7 months old.

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You always wanted me to be the best that I can be You always made me happy. You put me in front of you and when we had our moments you made me feel great. 8 | 24 2. I love you, thank you, I miss you

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Also shaken by the loss of the man he called 'Uncle Kobe' is Shaq's son sharef O'Neal. Sharee received a text message from Kobe a few hours before his death and is heartbroken.

To honor Kobe, Shareef got a tattoo on his leg with Kobe, his jersey numbers "8" and "24" and the catchphrase "Mamba Mentality" from the NBA icon.

Sharref O'Neal's new tattoo in honor of Kobe Bryant | Source: Instagram / Shareef O'Neal

Like Shaq. Shareef is a talented basketball player, and when he underwent open heart surgery in 2018, Kobe had been there for him, encouraging him and assuring him that he would soon be back on the courts, shooting hoops.

Shareef is just one of Lucille's fifteen grandchildren for whom she wrote her book 'Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go'. A great woman, warrior, and inspiration not just for her family but for everyone who knows her.