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NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Hilariously Reveals Why He Pays $1,000 for Pedicures and Toenail Art

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Shaquille O’Neal, the larger-than-life NBA superstar, has recently made headlines for his unique self-care routine: spending a whopping $1,000 on pedicures and toenail art. But why would a towering athlete with a larger-than-life personality invest so much in pampering his feet? Let’s dive into the hilarious and surprising reasons behind Shaq’s extravagant pedicure habit.

The Stinky Feet Dilemma

In an episode of The Big Podcast, Shaq candidly spilled the beans on his pedicure preferences. When asked about the cost, he didn’t hold back: “I give about $1,000. Because I know my feet stink. I know they’re ugly. And I like to paint them. I paint that s**t because it’s ugly.” Yes, you read that right—Shaquille O’Neal’s feet are apparently a mix of odor and unsightliness.

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Sparkles, Designs, and Glitter

But it’s not just about hygiene. Shaquille O’Neal’s  takes toenail aesthetics to a whole new level. When questioned about whether he opts for solid colors or intricate designs, he revealed, “I do like sparkles and designs and all that stuff.” So, picture this: the 7-foot-1-inch giant sitting in a pedicure chair, choosing between glittery polka dots and neon stripes for his toenails. It’s an image that’s both amusing and endearing.

The Origin Story

Believe it or not, Shaquille O’Neal’s toenail-painting journey began with a torn-off toenail. Yes, you read that right. His mom, ever resourceful, decided to salvage the situation. She applied some red polish to the injured toenail, and what happened next was pure magic. Shaq dropped 40 points in that game! Inspired by this unexpected performance boost, he decided to embrace toenail art as part of his pre-game ritual.

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From the Court to the Nail Salon

Shaq’s legendary NBA career spanned multiple teams—the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. He dominated the court with his size 22 feet, earning 15 All-Star selections, an MVP award in 2000, and the coveted Finals MVP title during his championship run with the Lakers. And yes, all while sporting painted toenails.

A Tribute to Aestheticians

Beyond the humor and quirkiness, his pedicure extravagance reflects his respect for the professionals who care for his massive feet. By shelling out a grand, he acknowledges the hard work and discomfort involved in dealing with his unique foot situation. It’s a gesture that goes beyond vanity—it’s a nod to those who keep him game-ready, one toenail at a time.

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So, the next time you see him on the court, remember that beneath those towering sneakers lie a pair of meticulously painted toenails. And who knows? Maybe his secret lies in the glitter and designs. After all, legends are made of more than just slam dunks—they’re also painted with a touch of sparkle.

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Bishal Roy
Bishal Roy
Bishal has been working with several renowned publications and has generated sports content for 3+ years. He expresses insightful opinions and analysis having the expertise in writing sports news articles. He has been mainly covering US sports such as NFL, NBA, MLB and more for the website. He also writes for SportsIndiaShow and MMA India. When not writing, he will binge-watch web series.
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