“Shaquille O’Neal, You’re Not 50!”: When Adam Sandler Was Shocked To Learn $400 Million NBA Legend’s Actual Age

Nithin Joseph
|Published 01/02/2023

Shaquille O’Neal is undoubtedly one of the greatest big men in NBA history. Drafted in 1992, the Hall of Famer spent 19 seasons in the league.

In that time, he won four NBA Championships, and an MVP award, while also making several All-Star and All-NBA teams. A successful career to say the least, but in 2011 age caught up to him as he retired at 39.

Now 50 years old, Diesel is quite a spry fellow. That is why his good friend, Hollywood actor, Adam Sandler was surprised to learn of it.

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Adam Sandler was shocked to learn that Shaquille O’Neal is 50 years old

As of 2023, Shaquille O’Neal has long since completed half a century on planet earth. Although, it’s hard to say, given how he has aged so gracefully.

So, it is no surprise that Shaq’s Hollywood buddy, Adam Sandler, was surprised to learn of his age. Sandler was promoting his movie Hustle on O’Neal’s podcast when he was given the shocking news.

Sandler was asked why he hadn’t cast Shaq in his movie, to which he responded that he was so much older than him. Little did he know that the age difference was only five years.

It’s a shame he wasn’t in Hustle. But, it’s not like The Big Aristotle hasn’t been I’m any movies. After all, the big fella has appeared in four movies alongside the comedic superstar.

Shaq has worked with Adam Sandler on four different movies

Basketball aside, Shaquille O’Neal has many talents. Acting is but one of them. The Hall of Famer has been in several flicks and can be seen working with his good friend Adam Sandler on four different projects. Namely, Jack and Jill, Grown Ups 2, Blended, and Hubie Halloween.

Shaq is lucky though. If he hadn’t won any championships in LA, there might not have been any roles waiting for him.

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Nithin Joseph

Nithin Joseph

Sports has been a huge part of Nithin's life ever since he was 10 years old. He is currently pursuing his MBA in Sports Management and as such has attempted to immerse himself in a variety of professional sports and sports leagues like the Premier League, NBA, and NFL. Having previously worked as a WWE content writer, Nithin now writes about the NBA, being a supporter of the Miami Heat and basketball as a sport.

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