Shaquille O’Neal’s larger-than-life persona followed him wherever he went during his colorful 19-year odyssey in the NBA.

But even before he joined the Orlando Magic in 1992, the 216-cm giant had established himself as a powerful force in the Southeastern Conference during his three seasons at Louisiana State.

Former LSU teammate and Kyoto Hannaryz guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf recalls Shaq’s intense zest for life in those days and the budding star’s unstoppable desire to leave his mark on and off the court.

“Of course people will remember him for different things,” Abdul-Rauf told The Japan Times. “But what stands out to me, especially, in his younger years is the energy and tenacity he approached the game with.”

Source: Abdul-Rauf reminisces about his playing days with Shaq | The Japan Times