NOTE: “Lester” is Shaq’s accountant.
One of the things I invested in when I first got to Orlando was some coin-operated car washes. We were doing really well, making a lot of money, but one day Lester called me up and told me the numbers werenâ€™t matching up. The profits we should have had were not the same numbers that were being deposited in the bank.
â€œDonâ€™t worry, Lester,â€ I told him, but he was freaking out about it. He even flew to Orlando to discuss it with me. He calculated we were missing almost a quarter million dollars.
It took me awhile, but I finally came clean with him, I showed Lester my bedroom, where there was a whole bunch of wooden rain barrels full of quarters.
Lester said, â€œShaquille, what the hell is this? Is this the missing money?â€
â€œYesâ€, I admitted. â€œLester, I canâ€™t help it. I like seeing my money. Come here, run your fingers through all these quarters. Itâ€™s awesome.â€