Basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal is one of nine Louisiana athletes to be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this June.

During his three seasons as an LSU Tiger, O'Neal became a national star and went on to be a 15-time NBA All-Star.

O'Neal played for Hall of Fame coach Dale Brown at LSU and in 1991 was the national Player of the Year. During his 19-year NBA career, O'Neal became one of the sports world's most magnetic stars. He won four world championships, an Olympic gold medal in 1996, three MVP honors in 15 All-Star Game appearances and named one of the NBA's Greatest Players in 1996.

"What an incredible inaugural class for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum. I am particularly proud that three LSU Tigers I have watched throughout their careers are part of this class," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "The museum is going to house a magnificent collection showcasing the many sports legends who are part of Louisiana's extraordinary sports legacy."

The 2013 Induction Class will be the first to be welcomed into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum, operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in a partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The striking two-story, 27,500-square foot structure faces Cane River Lake in the National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches and will open this summer.

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