When he was a little boy, Shaquille O Neal hated being so tall. He didn t like standing out from all the other kids. When he was only thirteen, Shaq was already as tall as a grown man. His father told him that someday he would be proud of his height. Shaq didn t know how to be. But he had a love of basketball, and a great talent as a player. In his very first year as a professional basketball player, Shaq knew that his father had been right. Now Shaquille O Neal would show everyone that the boy who had been too tall had become a true superstar of basketball.