Shaq reveals Apple fanboy credentials

Shaquille O'Neal is not ashamed to be a geek and claims he pays "real money" for apps. He reveals that he can't wait for the iWatch and used to pester Steve Jobs for new products before they came out.

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Proud to be a geek. Wall Street Journal screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

As you drifted from one ridiculous work problem to another today, as you wondered whether your tolerance threshold was being reached, you probably mused to yourself: "I wonder how much Shaq spends on apps."

Because this blog is primarily a sociopsychological service, I can help you with that question. For at SXSW, Shaquille O'Neal revealed the true depths of his inner geek to The Wall Street Journal.

"I'm not ashamed to say I'm a geek," he said. Which is good, as he might be ashamed to say he's a Laker, given that team's parlous state.

But how much of a geek is he? "Honestly, I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week," he said.

He added: "Last week I bought, like, 20 deer hunter games."

Shaq did, though, drift into a touch of exaggeration when he declared: "When I'm not working, I spend all my money on apps." I feel sure there's some left over for other things, such as dinner. And Clippers season tickets, perhaps. (I'm a Warriors fan. Please forgive me.)

The Lakers great was the first verified human on Twitter. He said 60 percent of his tweets are there to make you laugh, as that relieves stress. He also said 30 percent of his tweets are to inspire you.

The last 10 percent might be the most meaningful, especially in this material age. He's selling you stuff.

At heart, though, he appears to be not merely a geek but an Apple fanperson as well.

He revealed that he's terribly excited about the so-far nonexistent iWatch. He said he got hold of Steve Jobs' cell phone number and used to beg him for advanced versions of the iPod and iPhone before the products appeared.

Perhaps fearing that Shaq might have left one in a bar, Jobs always declined.

"I don't want to say I'm more advanced than anybody else, but I'm always looking, I'm always searching," he said.

To always look and search is a great life principle. It's the finding that is often the problem.

Perhaps fearing that Shaq might have left one in a bar, Jobs always declined.

"I don't want to say I'm more advanced that anybody else, but I'm always looking, I'm always searching," he said.

To always look and search is a great life principle. It's the finding that is often the problem.

 

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