Kevin Hart & More: 29+ Celebs Standing Next to Shaq
| LAST UPDATE 11/07/2022
Shaquille O’Neal is a legendary basketball player, thanks to his impressive skills and height. It’s no doubt he stands out in every room! Here are hilarious photos of the 7’1” athlete standing next to other stars.
Justin Bieber most likely gets recognized wherever he goes, but standing next to Shaq might make the singer disappear into the crowd. Because at his height of 5’7”, the basketball star towers over Mr. Bieber!
This hilarious photo wasn’t the first time these two met, it was actually back in 2015 that they crossed paths when Shaq was a special guest on the Comedy Centrals Roast of Justin Bieber. And let’s just say the athlete didn’t hold back from laughing at his old Alma Mater to teasing the Los Angeles Lakers starting lineup.
Athletes of Different Sizes
Seven-time Olympic medal winner Simone Biles has become one of the greatest gymnasts of our time. And as we know, for the intense sport, it's typically best to be smaller, so we have to assume that her petite size helps the athlete make those perfect landings.
On the other hand, for Shaq's sport, it helps to be tall. So when these two athletes stand side-by-side to one another, it's a hilarious moment - especially considering Simone is 4'8"! Fans also thought the photo posted by Biles in 2017 was hilarious, with one person even teasing, "now go get a Yao Ming pic."
We can only imagine how much strength it would take to be up against Shaq! And based on the below photo of Nick Cannon and the basketball player at the Third Annual Hall of Game Awards, we can see it's no easy task. We sure wouldn't wanna be in Nick's position (well, sort of).
Despite almost being 6'0" feet tall, Nick looks very small standing next to the gigantic Shaq. It's almost comical - and we're not the only ones who think so. The television show uploaded the picture on their Instagram and captioned it, "One time for the Big Guy! @shaq Happy Earth Day, King!!"
Looking Up to Shaq
In Hollywood, sometimes multiple celebs will stand together for a photo. But occasionally, one star will stick out more than the others. As seen below, where Shaq stood next to Julia Roberts, who's 5'9", Bruce Willis, who's 6'0", and his mom, back in 2000 for a photo taken at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
No matter how tall the actors next to Shaq may be, they can't compare to the basketball star's soaring height. Nevertheless, based on all their big smiles, we can only assume these four had a great time hanging out, even if some might have to crank their necks more than they're used to…
Forget the Heels…
Way back in 2013, Shaq was joined by none other than Jordin Sparks to visit FOX & Friends at the New York City Fox Studios. Ever since the weekday morning show started running in 1998, they have been joined by numerous Hollywood celebrities… but looking at the picture below, we have to guess this duo was the funniest.
Even standing just a few feet away from the athlete, the One Step at a Time artist looks itty bitty. And that’s even after the already 5’9” singer put on heels that probably add three to four inches to her height! Clearly, high heels are no match for Shaq.
Strike a Pose?
A striking feature that supermodels typically boast is long legs - and, consequentially, a tall height. But even with all that (and probably a pair of high heels on), standing next to a 7’1” athlete makes infamous model Cindy Crawford look shorter than she really is. Even her head barely fits into the picture!
The 5’9” model and the basketball star were attending the 1993 MTV Video Awards at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. This event is often attended by all the biggest stars in the industry, but something tells us Shaq is always the tallest of the bunch…
A Nice Change for Once
One glance at this photo and something immediately doesn’t add up… It’s no secret that O’Neal is incredibly tall, and often, when we see pictures of him with other stars, he towers over them. But standing next to British chef Gordon Ramsay, Shaq looks shorter… or does he?
The chef stepped on a platform for the pic to make him look taller. LOL. Maybe it was a joke or just wishful thinking, but all we know is he is not taller than Shaq! Gordon shared the snap, teasing, "Finally, someone with bigger feet than me! Great seeing you tonight, Shaquille O'Neal, and can't wait to see your #carpoolkaraoke!"
Cute and Compact!
At nearly 2 feet above her height, Shaq resembled a skyscraper standing right next to Kelly Ripa. The short but sweet host is just 5’2,” so when she is placed right next to the tall athlete, it makes her look even smaller. What a funny-looking height difference!
Fans luckily got to see some behind-the-scenes footage from the episode where we saw Shaq making everyone laugh as they compared shoe sizes and hand sizes with Kelly. After the event, Ripa shared some photos with the caption, "Hahaha!! #Shaq is still growing! #KellyRipa #KellyandMichael #Tall #Tiny #ShoeSize22."
In Need of a Tailor
This is probably one of the funniest comparisons Shaq has ever made with a shorter celeb! While typically, Jimmy Fallon enjoys putting his guests in the hot seat, it looks like the tables were turned when he put on Shaq’s massive jacket. The host can be seen sweating through the picture.
Despite being a relatively high height of 6’0” feet tall, Fallon looks like he is being swallowed up by the 7’1” basketball athlete’s suit jacket! LOL. Even though the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon episode aired almost 10 years ago in 2014, it still cracks us up.
An Easy Exercise
On the court, Shaq does his thing and throws the ball at heights we can't even imagine - but what we don't see him do very often is raise people up into the air. We can only imagine what Breckin Meyer told Shaq that made him lift him up so high off the ground…
We have to assume that since the actor is 5’5,” it must have been different (and fun) for him to be way up above. And looking at the woman behind them’s reaction, we can tell they had everyone cracking up at how easily it was for Shaq to lift Meyer. LOL.
Same job, different heights. The basketball player-turned-DJ star Shaq was seen hanging out with another big DJ: Diplo, also known as Thomas Wesley Pentz. The two were all smiles standing side by side, and no… Diplo wasn’t sitting - he’s just 5’10,” so posing next to Shaq might make him look kinda short.
In 2015 at the electronic dance music festival TomorrowWorld, Shaq, aka DJ Diesel, had his debut performance. From then on, he's been gracing stages everywhere. "Being at TomorrowWorld brought me back to Game 7 energy," O'Neal told Forbes. "The co2, the crowd of hundreds of thousands of happy people, the energy. It's too similar."
Behind the Scenes
An iconic selfie: Martha Stewart, Pete Davidson, Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O’Neal, and so many more famous faces. Who doesn’t love it when worlds collide in Hollywood? Especially when a former NBA-all-star, a rapper, a professional chef, and numerous comedians all join together for a lovely picture. But why were they all hanging out?
Snoop, Shaq, Stewart, and some other major names were there to celebrate Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber. And clearly, since it was a special occasion, the stars needed to document the moment. But since Martha is 5’9” and Snoop is 6’4,” we have to assume Shaq never made it into the final pic.
From the Rock to the Pebble
In the Hollywood industry, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become arguably well known for his large and in charge size. But even Johnson, at about 6’4” feet tall, can look like a small pebble when compared to the monstrous height of Shaquille O’Neal, 7’1.”
The above photo was snapped way back when in 2007 when Shaq was still married to Shaunie O’Neal. The former couple stopped at the ESPY Awards to snap a happy pic with The Rock. And since his ex-wife is only 5’5,” she looks even smaller than Dwayne and her baby daddy!
Shaq Looking... Small
We have no doubt that Shaq towers over nearly every person he has ever met. But finally, someone out there was able to make the basketball legend look tiny. Former Houston Rockets player Yao Ming reaches an incredible height of 7’6,” making him nearly 5 inches taller than Shaq!
The iconic pic was captured in 2016 when the athletes were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. But according to rumors, they weren't always as close as they are now. "I have been going to China for the last seven or eight years. And we always get together, hang out with the families. He is a great man," number 34 admitted.
The Truth Hurts
There’s just something about Lizzo hanging out with Shaq that warms our hearts. And as it looks like in the below photo, we’re not the only ones, because these two were exchanging plenty of laughs and smiles when they were spotted together at the Warner Bros Discovery Upfront event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
We were honestly focusing on how radiant their smiles were that we didn’t notice how the basketball star was surpassing the Truth Hurts singer by a lot since she’s just 5’10.” It was here that, in between laughs, Lizzo got Shaq to join her #aboutdamntime challenge, where the NBA star danced to the chart topping song.
It's probably not easy for Shaq to find a girl who's close to his height. But luckily for him, a lot of ladies want taller men, and it works perfectly for Shaq since he too often goes for shorter girls! For 3 years, he dated Nicole "hoopz" Alexander, who's known for winning the VH1 reality series, Flavor of Love and I Love Money.
He and the 5’2” feet reality star didn’t last too long, because in 2012, they ended their relationship. But before they broke up, the couple shared a home together in Boston while the basketball player was still playing for the Celtics. Luckily for us, there are still photos of the duo to showcase their wild height difference.
The Rush Hour franchise is arguably best known for Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, who played sidekicks in the movies. But during the 1998 MTV Music Awards in Los Angeles, Shaq joined the two men for a quick pic - and honestly, we can’t help but think that the NBA athlete would have made the duo a perfect trio...
Despite the fact that Chan is a professional stuntman and incredible martial artist, he is just 5’7.” So, it’s no doubt that O’Neal would have drawn attention away from Lee and Carter due to his immense height. And let’s not forget that he’s still over a foot taller than Tucker who stands at 6’0.”
Breaking It Down on the Court
Shaquille O’Neal may be arguably best known for his track record playing in the NBA and Spice Adams for his talents playing in the NFL. But when the two linked up on the court for the 2022 Celebrity Crunch Classic, they showed the world they have more than just athletic abilities.
They started breaking it down and giving us some of their best moves. But all those shimmies and twists couldn’t distract us from the fact that Shaq was looking way taller than the football star who's 6’0!” The two teamed up again on The Big Podcast with Shaq, where they talked about everything from sports to music and more.
Where Did Shaq Go?
Clearly, it's no easy task for Shaq and whoever he's with to both squeeze into the frame of a photo. Especially when the tallest man in the room and the shortest pose for a picture together. And that's exactly what happened in this hilarious photo of Kevin Hart and Shaq… well, some parts of him.
Since the comedian stands proudly at just 5'2," Shaq's head had to be cut out of the lens. LOL. But Kevin didn't seem to mind as he captioned the photo, "Me & my man "Shaq" chilling backstage..." The hashtags he wrote made the post even funnier. Hart added #HisFaceDidntMakeThePhoto and #TheseIsAmessageToAllTallPeople.
One Lover Boy to Another
Drake is almost 6’0” tall (he’s 5’11”), but he doesn’t stand a chance of being the tallest man in the room when he’s accompanied by Shaquille O’Neal. When they stand next to each other, they look miles apart even though they may just be over a foot apart. We have to guess that it’s Shaq’s big build that confuses our vision?
These two men have more in common than we think because back in the 90s, Shaq released not one but two albums that went platinum and gold! And years later, he was still in the music industry, as seen in the above photo, Shaq was DJing as DJ Diesel during the 2017 NBA Awards.
Sorry, Ms. Jackson
We can’t help but think that O’Neal almost looks like a giant when compared to Janet Jackson. The unbelievable photo was caught in 2001 when the TV sports analyst was presenting the All for You singer with an Award of Merit during the 28th Annual American Music awards.
But when we realize that the artist is just 5’3,” she would probably look that small compared to anyone she stood next to. The former basketball player recently even revealed during a podcast episode that his being on stage with Janet made his ex-girlfriend uncomfortable… hmm we wonder why.
Kings of NY x NBA
They may be exactly a foot apart, as Jay-Z is 6’1” while Shaq is 7’1,” but the NBA athlete still needs to bend his neck down to speak to the legendary rapper. We bet he has to do this often (ouch!). But that doesn’t seem to stop him from having a good time and slapping on a grin.
Hova and the former Lakers star have actually been buddies since 1996. Jay-Z was featured on Shaq's third rap album, You Can't Stop the Reign, and supposedly, it only took 5 minutes for him to record his verse. Shaq later got tattooed on him, "Don't compare me to nobody. I'd rather not be mentioned. I'm offended."
It was the year 2003, and Shaq, Yao Ming, and Christina Aguilera were all at the top of their games in their respective careers. So it comes as no surprise that they were all invited to the NBA Read to Achieve Celebration, where they posed for this hilarious picture.
The pop star has arguably been recognized for her small figure and short height of 5’1.” So when she posed next to two of the tallest basketball stars around, it looked like she was extra petite! We have to assume she had to crank her neck back just to speak to them.
An Iconic Duo
For years, these two athletes have been seen as a dynamic duo. When both Kobe Bryant and Shaq were on the court, it was sure to be a jaw-dropping basketball game. Yet, even though Kobe stood at an immense height of 6’4,” he still had to look up to his 7’1” teammate.
In 2020, during a memorial service at the Staples Center for the former number 8 player, Shaq said some heartwarming words about the late athlete. "Mamba, you were taken away from us way too soon. The next chapter of your life was just beginning, but now it's time for us to continue your legacy." Aww.
Back in the '90s
Ahh, what a time - the 90s. A time when many iconic photos were taken, like this one shot at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. Whoopi Goldberg, Lauryn Hill, and Shaq had some big smiles when the cameras snapped this shot. One glance and we can tell it was taken back then - especially thanks to Shaq’s matching outfit!
Lauryn is already pretty tiny when compared to others since she's 5'2," and Whoopi isn't far off at 5'5" feet. So when the two ladies stood next to the enormous Shaq, it was bound to give people a few laughs, considering how ridiculous their height differences are!
Hollaback (Tall) Boy
It’s no secret that the MTV Video Music Awards have given us some major infamous moments. And for many years, Shaq attended the event to witness them all - from celebrities winning awards to hilarious presenting moments. But we can’t forget the athlete himself also had some good times at these ceremonies.
Like the time he and Gwen Stefani crossed paths when he was there to present her award for Best Group Pop Award way back in 2004 for her smash hit song, It’s My Life. The NBA star had to reach down to hand the 5’5” singer her award since Gwen hardly reaches his belly button! LOL.
Pop-Stars and Ballers
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were an iconic couple back in the 90s. The two even got married but sadly broke things off in 2005. Yet before their relationship ended, they got the chance to hang out with award-winning NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.
It was at the Shaqtuacular VIII event where the athlete towered over the 5’2” pop-star and her former 98 Degree member ex-husband - who reaches a height of 5’7.” But it didn’t look like the height difference stopped these three from having a great time filled with smiles and laughs.
Where’s Shaq - Again?
As seen below, this occurrence where Shaq’s head goes missing seems to happen quite often. This comes as no surprise since the athlete is over seven feet tall! And standing right under him, giving him a tight squeeze is no other than the infamous DJ, Steve Aoki.
"Saw my good friend @steveaoki today #truelegend," Shaq captioned the photo. LOL. He probably had to look way down to actually see the music legend! The comments were filled with hilarious remarks like, "Too big for the photo, lol." This makes sense when we realize that Aoki is 5'9."
Hello Mr. President
Being in the public eye for so long has helped Shaq become friends with many famous people - he's even good pals with none other than the former President of the United States, Barack Obama. And it's clear, based on their big grins, that these two have quite a friendship.
The two men have been tight for a whole - they even exchange texts! Shaq once asked, "Mr. Obama, how'd you get my number?" To which Obama said, "C'mon, Shaq, I'm the president." LOL. But we can't help but notice how Shaq has to bend his head down to look at Obama, who's 6'1." Even their difference in arm length has our jaw on the floor.
These two celebs are giving us major #fashioninspo with their patterned jacket and their bright orange dress. Shaq and Niecy Nash were at Madison Square Garden in 2019 for a WarnerMedia Upfront show when this hilarious picture was taken that shows their height difference.
Since the TV personality is just 5’3,” it makes sense that Shaq looks like a gentle giant - even though Nancy has heels on! Funny enough, these two have crossed paths multiple times because the former Claws and Reno 911 star is actually neighbors with the basketball legend. What a small world.