Shaquille O’Neal celebrated his 50th birthday Sunday night at Miami steakhouse Prime 112 — which was decked out with decades worth of memorabilia as a tribute to the basketball legend.
Shaq’s pals packed the restaurant — which was closed to the public for the night — he also got well wishes via video from famed pals like Dwyane Wade, Kevin Hart, Kenny Smith, Dr. J, and Ludacris.
“I wish I could give you 50 Krispy Kreme donuts, I know that would be the perfect gift for you,” former Heat star Alonzo Mourning says in a clip. (O’Neal has owned a number of Krispy Kreme franchises and is the global face of the brand).
In another, Charles Barkley said, “You’ve got one of the best hearts of all the guys I have ever worked with.” Meanwhile, Warriors star Steph Curry told him, “I know you’re the busiest man in showbiz in the world of sports but take your time to celebrate another year on this earth.”
We’re told O’Neal is a regular at Prime 112 — a favorite of stars like Kim Kardashian and Alex Rodriguez — and that all the furniture was cleared out for the bash, except his favorite table.
“The walkway into the party was covered with large scale blow ups of every ‘Sports Illustrated,’ cover Shaq was ever on,” says a spy.
We’re told all the waiters were given special Reebok sneakers to wear, a reference to the baller’s long relationship with the company, which he now owns a chunk of. The windows were also covered with Shaq-themed items and the cake was shaped like a Pepsi can, another nod to his many longstanding corporate ties.
Guests included TNT co-host Ernie Johnson, Authentic Brand Group’s Corey and Jamie Salter, and Adam Richman, the producer of Super Bowl weekend bash “Shaq’s Fun House.”
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