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Photos: Shaquille O’Neal hosts at Azure Luxury Pool at Palazzo


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Shaquille O’Neal hosts at Azure Luxury Pool in the Palazzo on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.

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Shaquille O’Neal at Azure

It was double-duty weekend for retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at the Palazzo in Las Vegas.

First up was playing host at Lavo on Friday night. The evening included Shaq jumping into the DJ booth for an impromptu set, and Olympic champion Ryan Lochte, in town for his belated 29th birthday weekend, and comedian and actor David Spade joining in the fun.

Shaq also played host at Azure Luxury Pool on Sunday afternoon. Greeted by cheering fans, Shaq playfully answered questions, shook hands with fans and posed for photographs.

The buzz about Lochte’s swimming-challenge tweet to Shaq was addressed on Azure’s blue carpet, to which he quipped, “Who is Ryan Lochte?”

Affectionately known for his big personality on and off the court, Shaq mingled with star-struck fans and pumped up the jam (yes, another impromptu DJ set) for Azure guests. Mark Shunock, “Lonnie” in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, and the resort’s resident drummers also made an appearance.

The DJ kept the crowd moving with hip-hop and summer favorites as Shaq and company partied in a VIP cabana. The group enjoyed fresh fruit, fish tacos, a veggie pizza and cocktails.

Thanks to Tom Donoghue for his photo gallery and Richard Corey for his video posted on YouTube.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

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