"Growing up as a youngster, we never had dessert," he said. "We could never afford dessert. We had Neapolitan ice cream from time to time, which I hated. I always said if I ever make it big, I'm going to eat dessert first."
He did, so he does.
His childhood also informs his cereal preferences.
"After I won my first championship, Wheaties asked me to be on the box," he said. "As a young African-American, we couldn't afford Wheaties. I said, 'I'm a Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops guy.'"
That didn't work out, and O'Neal eventually did grace Wheaties boxes. Still, as successful as he has been on and off the court, he stressed his affinity for keeping things simple: "My family's always had a Buick."