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 the 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

Kirkland tennis team nets national championship

They honed their skills at the Eastside Tennis Center in Kirkland and… Continue reading

Participants at a previous 12K’s of Christmas event. Photo courtesy of Snohomish Running Company
Holiday 12K returning to Kirkland Dec. 15

The event begins and ends at Marina Park.

Juanita and Lake Washington wrestlers are unleashed on the mat

Rebels and Kangs squads are loaded with talent.

Juanita Bees buzz to fifth straight district title

The Juanita Bees, a girls U18 team in the Lake Washington Youth… Continue reading

Green Warriors grasp tournament title to complete undefeated season

The Green Warriors, a 10U team in the Lake Washington Youth Soccer… Continue reading

Lake Washington players earn slowpitch softball all-league honors

Nine Lake Washington High players earned all-KingCo/Metro slowpitch softball honors this season.… Continue reading

Lake Washington, Juanita players earn all-league girls soccer honors

Lake Washington’s Jen Estes and Alex Mueller notched co-most valuable player honors… Continue reading

Kangs sign on the dotted line

Five Lake Washington Kangs recently signed their national letters of intent to… Continue reading

Hammer takes 100-free title at state; Kangs place second in team standings

Lake Washington’s Amelia Hammer won the 100-yard freestyle state 3A title in… Continue reading

Lake Washington volleyball squad forms family ties

Kangs finish season at district tournament.

Lake Washington girls soccer rolls into state semifinals

The Kangs keep rolling — right into the state final four. Lake… Continue reading

‘We battled back and forth the whole time’

Kangs lose to Seattle Prep; Squalicum downs Juanita.