NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is coming to Australia and expected to DJ at a Melbourne nightclub

Want to party with Shaq? NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is coming to Australia and expected to DJ at a Melbourne nightclub

Four-time NBA champion Shaquille ‘Shaq’ O’Neal will travel to Australia in August, but he won’t be shooting hoops on the basketball court.

The 50-year-old will instead head to Melbourne’s 170 Russell nightclub on Wednesday August 24, where he will entertain fans as his alter ego DJ Diesel.

DJing has long been a hobby for the basketball great and he has performed at world famous music festivals including Lollapalooza, Imagine and Tomorrowland.

NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal (pictured) will appear at Melbourne’s 170 Russell nightclub on August 24 where he will entertain fans as his alter ego DJ Diesel

The Kazaam star told Forbes magazine that his musical side gig is actually making him lose money after all the overhead, but he won’t stop because he loves her too much.

‘It costs me a lot to rent this building, the security guards, who cares? I’d rather have this title – ”Shaq threw the best party ever.”

The 2.1-meter giant said his shows don’t have a set playlist because he likes to read the room to figure out what beats will get people moving.

DJing has long been a hobby for the basketball great and he has performed at world famous music festivals including Lollapalooza, Imagine and Tomorrowland.

DJing has long been a hobby for the basketball great and he has performed at world-renowned music festivals including Lollapalooza, Imagine and Tomorrowland.

He told Footwear News: “I just have to watch the people in the crowd and play some music.”

Shaq’s visit to Australia mixes business with pleasure as he is also hosting an entrepreneurship conference in Sydney and Melbourne on August 25-26.

Organizers say fans can expect an intimate, uncensored Q&A during the show called La Trobe Financial Presents: An Evening with Shaquille O’Neal.

The 2.1-meter giant said his shows don't have a set playlist because he likes to read the room to figure out what beats will get people moving.

The 2.1-meter giant said his shows don’t have a set playlist because he likes to read the room to figure out what beats will get people moving.

Shaq first rose to prominence as a rookie baseball player in 1992 with American NBA team Orlando Magic.

He went to play with the Los Angeles Lakers, delivering classic performances in their back-to-back league seasons between 2000 and 2003.

After retiring after 19 years playing basketball, the notoriously outspoken star went on to become a media celebrity, sports commentator, reality TV star, film actor, rapper and DJ.

Shaq first rose to prominence as a rookie baseball player in 1992 with NBA team Orlando Magic

Shaq first rose to prominence as a rookie baseball player in 1992 with NBA team Orlando Magic

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