Shaquille O'Neal, aka Shaq, retired NBA player, former rapper & analyst on Inside the NBA. At 325lbs, he was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the league. He is a 4x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 15x All-Star, & an NBA MVP. He is one of only 3 players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP & Finals MVP awards in the same year. As a rapper, he has released 4 albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He recently introduced an exclusive men's jewelry line for Zales.
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan makes his final 3-point shot over the top of Utah Jazz's John Stockton during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals Wednesday, June 11, 1997, in Salt Lake City. Jordan, suffering from flu symptoms, scored 38 to help the Bulls beat the Jazz 90-88 to take a 3-2 lead in their series. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Michael Jordan, NBA legend. He has received 5 MVP awards, 10 All-NBA First Team designations, 9 All-Defensive First Team honors, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, 3 All-Star Game MVP awards, 10 scoring 3 steals titles, 6 NBA Finals MVP awards, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. ESPN named him the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century. One of the most marketed athletes, he popularized the NBA worldwide. The NBA dubbed him "the greatest basketball player of all time."
June 7, 2000 - Shaquille O'Neal scores 43 points against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of NBA Finals 2000, using a variety of dunks, spin moves and jump hooks. In doing so, he continued a trend established at the start of NBA Playoffs 2000. O'Neal's domination in Game 1 nearly landed him in the NBA Finals record book. He finished the night with 21 field goals, one shy of the NBA Finals mark of 22, co-held by Elgin Baylor and Rick Barry.
April 23, 1969 - Jerry West of Los Angeles scored 53 points as the Lakers edged Boston 120-118 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a series won by the Celtics in seven games. The 53 points by West ranked as the highest-scoring game by a guard in NBA Finals history, before Chicago's Michael Jordan scored 55 points against Phoenix in Game 4 of the 1993 Finals, a 111-105 Bulls win over the Suns.