Shaquille O’Neal once spent $100,000 on bike to help local garage owner: “I wanted you to look good”

Shaquille O’Neal is among the most popular personalities that came out of the NBA because of his continuous appearances on television and active presence in the online world. He can be seen making the headlines very often because of his generous gestures or sometimes his hilarious sense of humor.

Big Shaq has proven time to time why he has been among the most loved NBA legends out there. Shaq’s acts of giving back to the community has always been applauded. He recently gifted a $999 smartphone to a fan and given his knack for philanthropy, it would not be surprising to know that he once spent $100,000 on a bike to help a local garage owner.

Shaquille O’Neal once spent $100,000 on bike to support garage owner

If you ask Shaquille O’Neal about something, be prepared to fact check it later. The Lakers legend is known to exaggerate narratives sometimes and gives out funny reasons for doing so. James, a local garage owner, recently poked at Shaq in an epsiode of In Depth with Graham Bensinger for bragging to have paid $155,000 for a bike he custom made for him.

Upon being confronted, the Hall of Famer replied, “Well, Jesse, the answer is I want to make you look good, I only paid 50, but I told them I paid a hundred so when they ask for the same bike, you tell them a hundred, your profit is a hundred.”

He went on to add, “I was looking out for you. Not for me. I want you to look good, Jesse. You know I love you.”

Shaq has a keen interest in vehicles and has collected a lot of them during his 19-year long NBA career. He can be called a pseudo collector for his interest in motor beasts and his love for customizing them. But in this case of James, Shaq only paid him $55,000 and came up with a funny reply to justify the bragging on his part.

What is the most expensive thing Shaquille O’Neal owns?

Big Shaq over his long time as an NBA player and later as an internet personality and businessman, has earned a lot of wealth. So, it’s common for him to own some expensive assets. While a normal person would think of supercars or mansions as expensive items, Shaq’s list of expensive stuff he owns will blow your mind.

He owns a super expensive fish tank, a treehouse, mega mansions, supercars and more. But his most expensive thing is in a league of its own. In 2002, Shaq started diving into real estate business and purchased 21 housing communities in Colorado. He further went on to partner with a real estate development company and built a 22-storey skyscraper and named it “Shaq Tower.”

Shaquille O'Neal

But it doesn’t end there, he further announced to build a 33-storey luxury holding in New York with multiple lounges and restaurants and called it “The House that Shaq Built.” If all his real estate projects are evaluated together, it comes down to a ridiculous $330 million which is the most expensive thing he owns.

What do you think of the bragging Shaquille O’Neal did for the ‘good of James’? What do you think of the most expensive thing he owns? We would love to hear from you, so drop your thoughts in the comments section.

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