Is there any more beloved in sports than Shakeel O’Neill? After beginning his NBA career with the Orlando Magic in the 1992–93 season, he began playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics before retiring after the 2010–2011 season. Shake earned $ 292 million in salary alone during his time in the NBA. He grossed over several hundred million with countless brands.
Since 1993, Shaq’s primary home has been a 12-bedroom, 31,000-square-foot mansion at Orlando’s gated Isleworth Golf & Country Club. Not surprisingly, the house also includes a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court, a 17-car garage, and is surrounded by a 10-foot-tall legal wall.
Sheikh bought the land for this house in 1993 for $ 4 million and went on to build a custom dream home on the lot.
He first put this house on the market in May 2018 for $ 28 million. In January 2019, they reduced the price to $ 22 million. In September, they reduced the price to $ 19.5 million. After updating something inside the house and finding a new real estate agent to represent the property, they have now reduced it once again to $ 16.5 million. In January 2021, it seemed that Sheikh had finally found a buyer, though the contract fell through and the mansion remains on the market as of this writing.
The Mediterranean-style mansion is set on approximately four acres, presented as “the most exclusive golf community in Florida”. The new real estate agent diverted the property’s attention from the fact that it was Shaq’s house and, instead, focused on the house. As a result, many cosmetic changes were made to the house. The entire 31,000-square-foot interior was re-staged, the pool area and outside kitchen were staged, and the driveway and home were washed with chemicals.
The house has some serious facilities. There is a cigar and liquor room. The house has a custom-designed theater with 10 reclining seats. There is a chef’s kitchen, recording studio, aquarium room, walk-safe, 44-foot tall office and 95-foot resort-style swimming pool.
Shuck is selling a home because these days he spends more time in Atlanta, where his job as an NBA analyst for TNT primarily places him.