Then came Doctor J.
And, of course, Doc Rivers.
Now it's time to make way for Dr. Aristotle..
Shaquille O'Neal has spent the past four-plus years working on his doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership and will graduate Saturday from Barry University in Miami.
O'Neal used a litany of monikers during his 19-year NBA career, ranging from the "Big Aristotle" and "Diesel" to "Superman" and the "Big Shamrock." He'll be adding Doctor of Education to that list. He retired from the NBA in 2011 after winning four rings. He finished his career with the Celtics, in case you blinked you may have missed it, and now works in the TNT broadcast booth as an analyst.
The Miami Herald reports Shaq will be wearing a custom-made size-XXXL gown to cover his seven-foot-one, 325-pound frame. Shaq didn't have to worry about cramming himself into the desks at the school since, the Herald reports, he did most of his course work via satellite.
“I was skeptical at first, because I only knew what I saw of him on TV and media,’’ David M. Kopp, the department chair who guided O’Neal through the program, told the Herald. “I’m not a sports freak, and didn’t know what to make of it. But he insisted he wanted to earn it, and he certainly did that. He was thoughtful, asked very good questions, and never missed an appointment.’’
O’Neal has a 3.81 grade-point average and wrote his doctoral thesis on “The Duality of Humor and Seriousness in Leadership Styles.’’ That's "Being Funny in the Workplace" for the rest of us.
Congratulations, big guy.
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