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How Shaquille O'Neal's Dad Taught Him That Winning Isn't Everything

Season 6 Episode 607
Aired on 09/16/2017 | CC tv-pg
From ages 8 to 14, Shaquille O'Neal played several different sports with his father as the team coach. Shaq loved winning and collecting trophies, but during one particular championship game, his father made an unorthodox choice to bench the stronger athletes, like Shaq, early in the game, giving the less-gifted players a turn in the spotlight.

"My father takes me out, and he puts in a couple guys that couldn't play, and we lost the championship," Shaq says. "I was pretty upset, and I asked him. I said, 'Why did you do that?' He said, 'Listen. It's not about you all the time. These kids, you know, they come; they practice hard; they do the same drills that you do. They wanted to play. It's not all about winning.'"

Decades later, when Shaq became the coach of his son's youth team, he made the same choice during a championship game. Watch as Shaq describes what happened—including the offbeat way they celebrated the season afterward.

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