Happy Birthday, Shaq!

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Call him "Shaq Diesel,” "The Big Aristotle,” "Shaq Daddy,” or just “Shaq.” Call him whatever you want, but USA Basketball wishes two-time USA gold medalist and Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal a happy 45th birthday. Seen here during a team bus ride, Shaq earned his first major, international gold medal at the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Toronto, Canada.

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In 1996, Shaquille O’Neal averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game to help the USA to an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Shaquille O’Neal (right) poses with 1996 U.S. Olympic teammates Hakeem Olajuwon (center) and David Robinson (left). Many point to this trio as the best group of centers on one roster ever!

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At the 1994 FIBA World Championship, Shaquille O’Neal was named MVP after he averaged a team-leading 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game to help the USA to an 8-0 record and a gold medal.

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Shaquille O’Neal plays defense against Alonzo Mourning during a practice with the 1994 USA World Championship Team.

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Shaquille O’Neal sharpens his offensive skills against Alonzo Mourning during a practice with the 1994 USA World Championship Team.

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Shaquille O’Neal releases a jump shot during a practice with the 1994 USA World Championship Team.

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Shaquille O’Neal relaxes during one of the many plane trips he took as a USA Basketball team member.

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Shaquille O’Neal and his 1994 USA World Championship teammates celebrate a win at midcourt.

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Shaquille O’Neal (center) defends Scottie Pippen during a 1996 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team practice.

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