The Newark native returned to his hometown Tuesday to officially launch his book series “Little Shaq” at the Cityplex 12 movie theatre on Springfield Avenue. The event included a movie showing, lunch and a reading from the baritone baller himself.
Children who attended the event also received a free copy of “Little Shaq”, the first in a three-book series published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
The future Hall of Famer has returned to his hometown on several occasions in recent years, including to co-host a basketball tournament with Mayor Ras Baraka in August.
He has also partnered with New Brunswick-based Boraie Development to help build the Cityplex 12 theater, the city’s first new cinema venue in decades, and on plans for a high-rise residential tower downtown, which is scheduled to start construction this year after a number of delays.