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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is coming to Australia and will be DJing at a Melbourne nightclub

Wanna party with Shaq? NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is coming to Australia and will be DJing at a Melbourne nightclub

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

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

DJing has long been a hobby for the basketball star and he has played at world famous music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Imagine and Tomorrowland.

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

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

“It’s costing me a lot of money to rent this building, security guys, who cares? I’d rather have that title – “Shaq had the best party ever.”

The 2.1-metre behemoth said his shows don’t have a set playlist as he likes to read the room to see what beats get people moving.

DJing has long been a hobby for the basketball star and he has played at world famous music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Imagine and Tomorrowland

DJing has long been a hobby for the basketball star and he has played at world famous music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Imagine and Tomorrowland

He told Footwear News, “I just have to look at the people in the crowd and play music.”

Shaq’s visit to Australia will be a mix of business and pleasure as he hosts an entrepreneurial lecture in Sydney and Melbourne on August 25th and 26th.

Organizers say fans can expect an intimate and uncensored question-and-answer session during the show, titled La Trobe Financial Presents: An Evening with Shaquille O’Neal.

The 2.1-metre behemoth said his shows don't have a set playlist as he likes to read the room to see what beats get people moving

The 2.1-metre behemoth said his shows don’t have a set playlist as he likes to read the room to see what beats get people moving

Shaq first rose to fame as a rookie ball player with the US NBA team, the Orlando Magic, in 1992.

He played with the Los Angeles Lakers and delivered classic performances in their back-to-back championship seasons between 2000 and 2003.

After 19 years as a basketball player, he retired and became a media star, sports commentator, reality star, film actor, rapper and DJ.

Shaq first rose to fame as a rookie ball player with NBA team Orlando Magic in 1992

Shaq first rose to fame as a rookie ball player with NBA team Orlando Magic in 1992

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