Lucille Harrison was raised in Newark, New Jersey, a very tall and shy girl. It was Lucille's mother who taught her to be proud of her height, of who she was - and Lucille has, in turn, taught each of her children to be proud of who they are.

Lucille had Shaquille when she was 17 - and overcame many obstacles to support her young son. She came off of welfare, found a job, and supported Shaquille. She met Phillip Harrison, a staff sergeant in the Army, and had three other children.

Shaquille was extremely intelligent - and rebellious growing up. "He had a mind of his own," says Lucille. "Anything we wanted him to do, he did exactly the opposite." Shaquille describes himself as a juvenile delinquent - until he found basketball.

Shaquille didn't make his high school team until his junior year, but his parents helped him learn to work hard and persevere. When Shaquille left Louisiana State University early to enter the NBA draft, he told his parents he would return to complete his degree--a promise he has already fulfilled. Now Lucille is attending college--an opportunity that she says she did not have so many years ago.

A dominant player and personality, Shaquille describes his mother as an angel. "Whenever I lose my keys, I call my mother - even if she is 1000 miles away." Lucille is protective of her son - and he of her. A fact, she says, that always has been and always will be.

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Facts about Shaquille

  • 1st round draft pick out of Louisiana State University after his junior year

  • Led the LA Lakers to NBA championships in 2000 and 2001

  • Playoff MVP in 2000 and 2001 NBA championships

  • 14-time NBA All-Star

  • Returned to LSU to graduate

  • Sends his mother 50 dozen roses on her birthday every year
 
 

"I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother." —Booker T. Washington

 

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