Last night, the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2013 NBA Finals. Meanwhile, one of the personalities during TNT’s NBA coverage is retired legend Shaquille O’Neal. Although LeBron and the Miami Heat may seem worlds apart from Shaq, they’ve actually got quite a bit in common.
On June 4, 1995, the Orlando Magic also faced the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Led by Shaq and Penny Hardaway, At the time, the Magic were a relatively new franchise, in just their sixth season as they advanced to the biggest series of the season. O’Neal led the way for Orlando with 25 points and 11 rebounds, giving everyone just a little taste of the dominance that would follow from the 7’1″ big man. After defeating the Pacers, the Magic faced the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals. Despite a thrilling Shaq vs. Hakeem Olajuwan matchup, the Magic were swept as the Rockets captured the 1995 NBA Championship.
Earlier this year, Reebok re-launched the first Shaq Attaq model from 1992. By the time the ’95 Finals rolled around, Reebok had laced Shaq in the Reebok Shaq Attaq IV, also known as the Shaq Attaq Instapump. Featuring adjustable ankle support and a Reebok Pump lockdown configuration, the Shaq Attaq IV catered to dominant big men like O’Neal.