Sportswriter Shaun Scott and his friends Brian Walker and Tony Walker met NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 24. Courtesy photo

Sportswriter Shaun Scott and his friends Brian Walker and Tony Walker met NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 24. Courtesy photo

A memorable Vegas trip

Sportswriter Shaun Scott meets one of the best NBA players to ever lace up sneakers.

Las Vegas always has been one of my favorite vacation destinations in the United States.

Thanksgiving weekend 2018 (Nov. 24-26), I made the trip to Vegas for my friend Brian Walker’s bachelor party. I was a groomsman in Walker’s wedding on New Years Eve 2018 in Los Angeles just last week.

We began the bachelor party celebration by renting out a basketball court at the famed Jerry Tarkanian Center. After an hour of 3-on-3 half-court hoops, we took an Uber back to our hotel (Hard Rock Hotel). Before heading up to our rooms, we decided to grab a quick dinner at Big Chicken, which is owned by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. The eatery was a short walk away from the hotel. We didn’t expect to meet one of the best NBA players of all time during our trip.

As we were devouring our meals, Shaq just happened to walk through the front door.

We approached Shaq, informing him we were in town for a bachelor party. I asked him if he could take a picture with us. He granted our request and said, “How about a selfie?” I replied, “Shaq, we need the full-effect photo!”

After one of workers at Big Chicken used my cell phone to snap the photo, Shaq shook all of our hands. I felt like I was a little kid, meeting one of the best athletes of all time. While we finished up our food and drinks, a group of kids approached Shaq as well. Shaq was great with the kids and took time to engage with every single one of them. In years past I have always heard stories about Shaq being one of the most accommodating public figures to the general public.

Those sentiments definitely rang true on Nov. 24 in Vegas. After meeting Shaq, I posted the picture on Facebook, Twitter and sent it out individually to a multitude of my friends via text message. It was an absolutely fantastic way to start a weekend in Vegas!

More in Sports

Mount Si sophomore Sully Smith (No. 16) scores a goal in the 39th minute, giving Mount Si a 2-0 lead against the Issaquah Eagles. Mount Si defeated Issaquah, 3-2, in the 4A state quarterfinals on May 18 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Calder Productions
Wildcats will themselves to a monumental triumph

Mount Si defender Reed Paradissis scores two clutch goals against Eagles.

Mount Si junior defender Jake Jimenez, right, passes the ball up field to a teammate in the first half of play against the Sumner Spartans. Mount Si defeated Sumner 2-1 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on May 15 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Wildcats earn comeback victory against Spartans

Mateo Didomenico hits the game winner in the 68th minute.

Mount Si Wildcats senior Drew Harris chases the ball while being defended by Jackson’s Minhyok Kim in the first half of play. Jackson defeated Mount Si in an overtime penalty kick shootout (6-5) en route to a 3-2 victory in the Wes-King 4A boys district soccer tournament championship game on May 9 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Timberwolves defeat Wildcats in overtime shootout

Jackson prevails against Mount Si in district soccer championship game.

Mount Si Wildcats senior Joe Waskom (pictured) earned first place in the 4A KingCo 1,600 finals with a time of 4:11.77. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Waskom earns first place in 1,600 at 4A KingCo meet

Mount Si distance runner continues to dominate.

Mount Si soccer advances to district title match, state

Mount Si soccer players celebrate a goal during the Wildcats’ 8-1 victory… Continue reading

Wildcats boys soccer team clinches 4A KingCo regular season title

Mount Si will host Kamiak in first round of the playoffs on May 7.

Jumping to success in sports and school

Mount Si’s Dalgleish aims to be an astronaut.

Mount Si’s Waskom running strong, hitting top times

Mount Si High senior Joe Waskom runs to first place in the… Continue reading

Mount Si High varsity dancers shine at competitions

Mount Si High’s varsity dance team capped off its stellar season with… Continue reading

Mount Si senior midfielder Mateo Didomenico, center, controls the ball in a game earlier this season. Andy Nystrom/staff photo
Didomenico is a dominant force on the soccer pitch

Mount Si senior will continue soccer career at Cal State East Bay.

Simply sensational!

Tiger Woods’ improbable victory resonates across America.

Wildcats take the field at T-Mobile Park

Mount Si participated in the 2019 High School Baseball Classic on April… Continue reading