It stands to reason that Shaquille O’Neal, one of the largest players in NBA history at 7’1” and over 300 pounds, would live in a similarly enormous house. After three years on the market, O’Neal finally sold his longtime Orlando residence, fetching $16.5 million for the behemoth, 31,000-square foot mansion, according to Sarah Paynter of the New York Post. O’Neal, who purchased the 12-bedroom, 11.5-bath estate in 1993 for $3.95 million (the equivalent of $7.2 million today with inflation), first put his home up for sale in 2018 with an original asking price of $28 million.
The property, which rests on nearly four acres, contains, among other amenities, a soundproof home theater, cigar bar and walk-in humidor, wine storage, a lakefront home office, three fireplaces, a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, a showroom holding up to 17 cars and a 6,000-square foot basketball court. And that’s just the inside! Outdoors, you can find a massive, 95-foot swimming pool complete with a rock waterfall and surrounding tiki-style cabana. And don’t forget the outdoor kitchen and private dock with room for two boats. Located at 9927 Giffin Court in Windermere—approximately 15 miles west of downtown Orlando—Shaq’s former pad also offers a breathtaking view of nearby Isleworth Golf & Country Club featuring an 18-hole course designed by PGA legend Arnold Palmer.
A 15-time All-Star and four-time NBA champion over his 19-year playing career, O’Neal had a good run in Orlando, but these days, the 48-year-old finds himself spending most of his time in Atlanta, serving as a studio analyst alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and host Ernie Johnson on Inside the NBA on TNT. O’Neal, who also dabbles in law enforcement, DJing under the stage moniker “Diesel,” acting and various other entrepreneurial pursuits (he owns Papa John’s and Krispy Kreme franchises in Atlanta), is worth an estimated $400 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.