NSYNC might have never come to be if not for the Diesel himself, Shaq. In an interview with Billboard, the group credited the 7′ 1″ NBA star and top-notch talent scout with giving them their "first break."
Shaq discovered the boy band when they performed at an Orlando Magic game. "This guy heard us sing the [National] anthem, asked us who we were. We said we were a new group, and we were looking to put our demo together, and he offered his studio to us. It was a very generous offer, and we took him up on it. We used that demo to shop our deal," JC Chasez recalled.
Joey Fatone recently stopped by the ONE37pm Podcast to confirm Shaq's role early in their career. Listen to what he remembers from that experience in this audio snippet.