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Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal joined the Boston Pops on stage as guest conductor during the orchestra’s holiday show at Symphony Hall.

The Celtics center, who conducted the orchestra through “Sleigh Ride,” Michael Jackson’s “Can You Feel It?” and Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” said the experience gave him a newfound respect for the profession.

“My arms are shot,” O’Neal told the Boston Globe.

He said appearing with Pops conductor Keith Lockhart onstage was an honor “a notch above Justin Beiber.”


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