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Shaq Checks TMZ Before Getting Out of Bed Every Morning

And other things he does for his wellness.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

The man with more nicknames than he has feet in height, Shaquille O’Neal is one legendary MF sports figure. He also happens to be one of the nicest! We know because we spent an afternoon with him and Victoria Beckham last week to celebrate the designer’s first Reebok drop—an homage to Shaq’s ’90s-era basketball style. And why wouldn’t we take that opportunity to find out what the athlete’s morning routine entails, the song he always works out to—which might surprise you—and the crazy health trend he tried after watching Rocky?

 

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

“The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is I go to the gossip websites to make sure I’m not in them: Bossip, World Star Hip Hop, TMZ—all that good stuff.”

What’s your definition of wellness?

“Working out, waking up smiling, making other people happy, and having a good time.”

 

Favorite song to work out to:

“My favorite song to work out to is The Lost Boys’ ‘Cry Little Sister.’”

Craziest thing you’ve tried in the name of wellness:

“Drank egg yolks after watching Rocky. I’ll never do it again. [Laughs]”

Best piece of advice he’s ever received:

“All the greatest leaders are the ones smart enough to hire people smarter than them.”

The ’90s trend he’d wear right now:

“I would want to wear my long suits with the long jackets—with the jackets to the back of my thighs.”

 

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