Prior to announcing his departure from the LOS ANGELES LAKERS to Florida's MIAMI HEAT, O'Neal and his wife SHAUNIE put the Beverly Hills home on the market for $7.5 million (GBP4.1 million).
And while his former neighbour Tom Arnold admits he's extremely sad to see the sportsman go, he's excited by the prospect of having 22-year-old blonde beauty Spears as a neighbour.
Arnold says, "It's sad to see Shaq's empty house. Everything is bigger so it's hard to see the windows. You have to bring a ladder. Britney Spears was actually looking to buy the house, so things are looking up a little bit."
The seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom home, which sits on slightly more than an acre, boasts a movie theatre, which has a video game area and a wet bar.
The house, which sits in a gated community with valley and city-to-ocean views, also has an elevator, an office, built-in fish tanks, a small recording studio, a gym and a master suite with two bathrooms.
And Arnold warns Spears she shouldn't be alarmed if she sees him out on the front lawn in his underwear with a pack of beer.
He jokes, "Well, Britney will probably relate to that, if you know what I mean. She'll probably be like, 'I feel (like I'm) right back in Louisiana!"
If step-mother-to-be Spears buys the house, she will also take charge of O'Neal's tropical fish - including one huge catfish called BUBBA - which dwells in his impressive aquarium.28/07/2004 21:16
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