Shaquille O'Neal to guest on 'Fresh Off the Boat'

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Young Eddie Huang is about to meet one of his heroes.

Shaquille O'Neal has boarded the sophomore season of Fresh Off the Boat. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the retired NBA player is set to appear in the third episode of the ABC comedy -; likely as himself, if you're basing it off the title.

Few details are available at the moment, and the episode is set to shoot in early September, but its called "Shaquille O'Neal Motors." Historically speaking, it won't be much of a stretch. Fresh Off the Boat takes place in 1990s Orlando, where Shaq played for The Magic between 1992 and 1996.

Shaq previously visited the 20th Century Fox TV show in name only, when a made-up video game starring the retired NBA center featured prominently in a first-season episode.

Fresh Off the Boat was a midseason surprise for ABC. From Nahnatchka Khan, it performed surprisingly well in the typically sleepy Tuesday time slot. The network appears so confident in the new season, its pairing the show with its buzzy Muppets vehicle.

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JUNE 1: Shaquille O'Neal answers questions by the media after being drafted by the Orlando Magic first overall in the first round of the 1991 NBA Draft on June 1,1991. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1991 NBAE (Photo by Brian Drake/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - 1993: Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Orlando Magic poses for a portrait on the court at the TD Waterhouse Centre circa 1993 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - 1993: Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Orlando Magic poses with Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls prior to playing an NBA game circ 1993 at the TD WAterhouse Centre in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 19: Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Orlando Magic shoots against the Sacramento Kings on December 19, 1993 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO - JUNE 4: Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Orlando Magic celebrates against the Indiana Pacers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals on June 4, 1994 at Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1995 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
14 Jun 1995: Center Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic center Shaquille O''Neal go up for the ball during a Finals game at The Summit in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA /Allsport Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA /Allsp
Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal - July 29, 1996. Cha-ching! The bottom line on the NBA's free-agent frenzy (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
United States' men's basketball player Shaquille O'Neal backs up Yugoslavia's Vlade Divac during the gold medal basketball game Saturday at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo By: Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers completes a slam dunk during first half of game against the Miami Heat 10 January in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Heat, 94-85, winning their 11th straight home game. (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, UNITED STATES: Los Angeles Lakers player Shaquille O'Neal (L) holds the ball prior to score against the Seattle SuperSonics on the NBA Western Conference semi-finals at Inglewood, California 08 May. Lakers won 119-103 with 30 points by O'Neal. AFP PHOTO Hector MATA/mn (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1451 -- Pictured: (l-r) Basketball star Shaquille 'Shaq' O'Neal during an interview with host Jay Leno on September 15, 1998 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1999: Shaquille O'Neal #34 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during a game in 1999 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, UNITED STATES: Shaquille O'Neal of Los Angeles Lakers talks to the media on an off day during the NBA Finals 12 June, 2000 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Indiana Pacers won game three 100-91, but trail the Lakers 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 19: Shaquille O'Neal #34 and Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers pose for a photo after winning the NBA Championship on June 19, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Shaquille O'Neal during 16th Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 25: Shaquille O'Neal #34 of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a free throw during the game against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on December 25, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings won 105-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by: Andrew D Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 21: Shaquille O'Neal #34 and Gary Payton #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate a play during the game against the Phoenix Suns on December 21, 2003 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 107-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI - DECEMBER 23: Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Miami Heat looks on against the New Jersey Nets during the game at American Airlines Arena on December 23, 2005 in Miami, Florida. The Nets won 95-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 31: Shaquille O'Neal is seen leaving the Mansion Nightclub in South Beach during the early morning hours on December 31, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ralph Notaro/Getty Images)
MIAMI - DECEMBER 22: Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Miami Heat shoots a foul shot against the Utah Jazz during the game on December 22, 2007 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat won 104-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - OCTOBER 3: Shaquille O'Neal #33 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pose for a portrait during 2009 NBA Media Day on October 3, 2009 at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 15: Shaquille O'Neal #33 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots a free throw during the game against the New Jersey Nets on December 15, 2009 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers won 99-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 20: Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts during a game against the New Jersey Nets on October 20, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 29: Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics shoots against the Detroit Pistons in a game on December 29, 2010 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
December 7, 2012 - SHAQUILLE AND BABY Basketball Legend SHAQUILLE O'NEAL AT THE Grand Opening Dry Fried Wings At Da Vinci's Pizzeria (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Shaquille O'Neal is introduced to the media as he joins the ownership group of the Sacramento Kings on September 24, 2013 at the Kings practice facility in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 09: Former NBA basketball player Shaquille O'Neal poses with Reebok sneakers at the Reebok Classic Breakout at Philadelphia University on July 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Reebok)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16: NBA Legend, Shaquille O'Neal hosts a Holiday Party at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club on December 21, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Becky Stein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal speaks onstage during The Game Awards 2015 at Microsoft Theater on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 01: (CHINA OUT) Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal attends mobile game NBA2 launching ceremony on November 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 22: The jersey of NBA Legend Shaquille O'Neal is hoisted into the rafters during his number retirement ceremony on December 22, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 22: NBA Legend Shaquille O'Neal looks on with the championship trophy in the background at his number retirement ceremony on December 22, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant pose for a photo on stage during the Los Angeles Lakers unveiling of the Shaquille O'Neal statue during an event on March 24, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
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