"Geeky" Shaq spends $1000 a week on apps, awaits the Apple iWatch

Shaquille O'Neal may not pound the hardwood any more, but he remains one of the most recognizable former athletes around. You might not consider someone so physically imposing to be a "geek," but Shaq certainly fits the definition. After all, he was one of the early pre-IPO investors in Google. You won't find that on the back of any of Shaq's bubble gum cards. In addition, his Twitter account is widely followed (8 million and growing) and was the first Twitter account to be verified by the company.

Shaq is such a tech guy, that before the OG Apple iPhone launched, he called Steve Jobs to see if he could obtain a pre-release unit. But even a big-time star like Shaq (who was playing for the Miami Heat when the Apple iPhone was launched) could not persuade Jobs to give him an iPhone before the launch.

The 7 foot 1 inch O'Neal says that he spends $1000 a week on apps, searching for the the next big thing in tech.  Considering his height and size, we'd say that wherever he goes, Shaq is the biggest thing in tech. He admitted to buying 20 Deer Hunter type games last week, and when it comes to social media he says 60% of his messages are designed to make you laugh. Laughter, says Shaq, reduces stress. 30% of his messages are inspirational and the remaining 10% is Shaq trying to sell you something like FitBit.
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Shaq is just like many of our readers. He wants to be the first to have a shiny new device in his massive hands, and he says that he is awaiting the release of the unannounced Apple iWatch. At SXSW, where Shaq has been hanging around, he says he is like a "kid in a candy store." You can check out the interview with one of the most famous former athletes around, by clicking on the video below.



source: WSJ

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27 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

He doesn't spend a $1000 a week on apps... Ok...

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

$1,000 a week on apps. That's rent money!

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I met him once in Vegas, at the Sands Expo Center. That dude is huge, and cool as ice he was nice enough to say hello to my mom over the phone, when I told him how much she loved him. +1 big dawg.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Please tell me you took a photo.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This was in 95, when he was with Orlando. I was at work, and we had no camera phones then :(. That encounter is what made me a fan of his, as I was a bulls fan then.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The Bulls dominated the 90's. My father's man cave is literally all Bulls memorabilia with a pool table and the gigantic 52" Mitsubishi TV against the wall lol.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Would've been 8 straight if Jordan hadn't went to play baseball.

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

I say that all the time! +1

27. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes, very humble individual, rare indeed. I met him at Universal Studios Florida, three years ago; he was on the boardwalk, coming out of the movies.

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

+1 for the light side of things over feck. Karma check=complete.

4. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

A Note 3 must look like an iPhone in Shaq's hands

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it looks like a note 3

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Size wise lol. I wonder how the Z Ultra would look in his hands...

12. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

More like a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 or a Huawei MediaPad M1.

8. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bet he uses his iPad as an iPhone. No way those hands are able to play dear hunting game on anything that has less than 7 inch screen!

10. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Imagine an iPhone 5s in his giant hand.

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Imagine first gen!!

23. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Be it 1st gen or the 5s .. they all are same sized.! #Iphone

14. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

$1000 a week on apps? I can't find apps worth $50 to spend on in a year

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I suspect largely tunes but who knows.

18. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Dosnt he realise that his iPhone looks like a medicine tablet on his palm, he should get a z ultra, that would be like a s4 on his hand lol

19. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Shaq is Apple fanboy. Now, I must hide for some time.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shaq is rich.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Meaning??

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