Shaquille O’Neal: The Eras of Dominance Collection

Ethernity Chain
Oct 15 · 6 min read

Art by Justin Maller

October 15th @ 12pm ET / 72 Hours

Collection Description:

Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star Shaquille O’Neal has partnered with digital artist Justin Maller to memorialize the eras of dominance in Shaquille’s basketball career on Ethernity. Just as O’Neal’s larger-than-life presence left an indelible mark on both sports and pop culture, these brand-new, limited edition works of art will be an everlasting testimony to Shaq’s legacy.

Over the course of his 19 years playing professional basketball, O’Neal took home the Rookie of the Year Award, won 4 Championship titles, led in total points for two seasons, earned a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has the 3rd highest field goal percentage of all-time.

The Shaquille O’Neal “Eras of Dominance” Collection consists of five unique pieces depicting the three places where O’Neal forged his legacy: Orlando, the first place Shaq called home, Los Angeles, where he won three consecutive championships, and Miami, where he brought the city its first ring.

Crafted in Justin Maller’s signature geometric style, each work features O’Neal in front of a broken, glassy monolith, resembling the myriad backboards he historically shattered. The collection is distinguished by vibrant, playful color tones and pulsating shapes, which contrast O’Neal’s legacy of fun and fierceness.

UNLOCKABLES:

A series of unlockables will come with this collection. The winner of the 1 of 1 will get dinner with Shaq and the artist as well as a signed Los Angeles jersey.

One of the purchasers of the second edition of 32 NFTs will unlock a Shaq-sized sneaker designed by the renowned sneaker-designer Sekure-D. Another randomly selected winner will receive a signed Orlando jersey.

One buyer of the third edition of 100, selected at random, will receive a signed Miami jersey. One buyer of the fourth edition of 2500 will win a signed Shaq Los Angeles jersey.

One buyer of the Open Edition will win a signed Shaq Orlando jersey and another will win a 10 person table at Shaq’s Fun House Event, including a meet and greet with the man himself. Winners will be determined by Chainlink’s VRF technology.

  1. Shaquille O’Neal: Peak Dominance

Available/Price: 1 of 1 Auction Reserve Price: $20,000 in ERN

Description:

​​Between 1996 and 2004 in Los Angeles, O’Neal elevated himself from a talented athletic force into a true champion, a man of dominance whose achievements rank among the greatest of all time. Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson formed a fearsome triumvirate, solidifying themselves in professional basketball history as one of only four squads to three-peat.

This piece by Justin Maller features a breakaway dunk by O’Neal during the 1999–2000 season in which he brought home his first of three consecutive titles. By portraying him as floating before a backboard, Maller highlights O’Neal’s physics-defying grace and athleticism.

Unlockable: (Digital Display Screen)

- The highest bidder of this aNFT will receive an Infinity Objects physical digital display frame. Winner will provide their email and contact information for Ethernity to send to their physical address.

Real World Experience:

  • The winner of this 1-of-1 will be invited to dine with O’Neal and Maller in Atlanta, GA.
  • Date and time TBA.
  • Shaq-Signed Los Angeles Jersey

2. Shaquille O’Neal: Original Destruction

Available/Price: 30 of 32 Buy Now @ $10,000 in wETH

Description:

At the start of the 1992–1993 season, O’Neal was drafted first and ultimately went on to win Rookie of the Year. He spent the next four seasons emerging as one of those athletes that comes around once every generation. With this edition of 32, Maller nods at the flare and fire that O’Neal brought to Orlando. Maller’s exploration of shapes, spectrum and abstraction captures the great fun that defined O’Neal’s early years: he came in with a splash.

Unlockable:

One of the purchasers of this edition of 32 NFTs, to be randomly selected, will unlock a pair of Shaq-sized sneakers designed by the renowned sneaker-designer Sekure-D. Another randomly selected winner will receive a signed Orlando jersey.

3. Shaquille O’Neal: Champion IV

Available/Price: 98 of 100 Buy Now @ $3,500 in ERN & C/C

Description:

After eight seasons with Los Angeles, O’Neal was traded to Miami, where he joined an up-and-coming star, Dwayne Wade. In his first season with the team (2004–2005), Miami finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Two years later, O’Neal delivered on his promise of a championship. Maller’s Miami version of O’Neal hangs from an eviscerating rim, evoking the swagger and joy with which he made Miami a city of champions.

Unlockable:

One winner, selected at random, will receive a signed Miami jersey.

4. Shaquille O’Neal: Legend Certified

Available/Price: 2480 of 2500 Buy Now @ $350 in wETH and C/C

Description:

One of the most remarkable moments from Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles years came in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. With 45 seconds left on the clock, Bryant lobbed the ball over Trailblazers defenders for O’Neal to alley-oop, changing the momentum of the game and setting the stage for Los Angeles to win their second Larry O’Brien trophy. O’Neal himself says the moment “solidified” him and Bryant as the “most enigmatic, most controversial, most dominant one-two punch ever created.” After scoring the alley oop, O’Neal infamously pointed at the Los Angeles fanbase in celebration. By capturing this iconic moment in his larger editioned work, Maller reflects upon O’Neal’s unique legacy in basketball and pop culture: larger-than-life, yet accessible to all.

Unlockable:

One buyer of the NFT will win a signed Shaq Los Angeles jersey. Winner will be determined by Chainlink’s VRF technology. Winner will provide their email and contact information for Ethernity to send to their physical address.

5. Shaquille O’Neal: With Authority

Available/Price: Open Edition

Price: $50 in ERN & C/C

Description:

Shaq was not just the most dominant big man to play the game — he was an utterly unique athlete, delivering powerful performances with an effortless grace never before seen on a basketball court. In an attempt to capture the ease with which Shaq seemed to play the game, Justin Maller chose to depict Shaq in 1994 playing for Orlando, gleefully swaying from the hoop whilst suspending his 7 foot 1 inch body in the air with just one hand.

Unlockable:

One buyer of the NFT will win a signed Shaq Orlando jersey and another will win a 10 person table at Shaq’s Fun House Event, including a meet and greet with the man himself. Winner will be determined by Chainlink’s VRF technology. Winner will provide their email and contact information for Ethernity to send to their physical address.

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Ethernity is a community-oriented platform that produces limited edition authenticated NFTs by your favorite artists and endorsed by those who you admire.