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Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 8:57 pm
Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal says that he is retiring on Twitter. Posted by Ben Golliver

Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, long the oversized center of the NBA's attention, posted a simple message on Twitter on Wednesday: "im retiring."

That message included a link to a video in which O'Neal, seated at an office desk, addresses a camera. "We did it," O'Neal says smiling. "Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first that I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon."

Here's the video via YouTube user zeblowtorch. (Hat tip: The Basketball Jones.)

O'Neal, who is 39 years old, saw his 2010-2011 campaign with the Boston Celtics marred by injuries. He played in just 37 games, averaging a career-low 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. Hobbled by an Achilles injury, O'Neal was able to play just 12 minutes in the NBA playoffs and the Celtics were bounced in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Miami Heat.

Shaq: The Legacy
Stats (All-Time List)
  • Games: 1,207 (23rd)
  • Minutes: 41,918 (17th)
  • Points: 28,596 (5th)
  • Rebounds: 13,099 (12th)
  • Blocks: 2,732 (7th)
  • First overall pick, 1992 Draft
  • Rookie of the Year, 1992-93
  • NBA MVP, 1999-00
  • Four NBA Championships
  • 15-time NBA All-Star
  • 3-time NBA Finals MVP
  • 2-time NBA Scoring Champion
  • Career Salary: $292,198,327

A spokesperson for the Celtics said O'Neal had not yet informed the franchise about his plans to retire. "To my knowledge, he has not informed any of us that he's retiring," Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss told the Associated Press. O'Neal had a player option for the 2011-2012 season worth $1.4 million which he will forego if and when he files his official retirement papers with the NBA. Roughly two weeks ago, O'Neal's mother predicted that he would return to play for Boston next season.
O'Neal's career accomplishments make him a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer. A 15-time All-Star, 4-time NBA champion and the 1999-2000 MVP, O'Neal was perhaps the most physically dominant center the game has ever seen.

The Associated Press sums up his career arc nicely.
One of the most charismatic players in NBA history, O'Neal was a franchise-saver when the Orlando Magic made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 draft. He took them from the lottery to the playoffs in two years, and then led them to the NBA Finals in his third year before they were swept by the Houston Rockets.

O'Neal, 39, signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996 and had his greatest success there, winning three titles alongside Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson. But amid tension between O'Neal and Bryant over credit for the team's success, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in the summer of 2004, fresh off a loss to the Detroit Pistons in the Finals.

After 3 1/2 years in Miami, a tenure that included his fourth NBA championship, O'Neal became a veteran-for-hire, moving to Phoenix and then Cleveland and finally Boston. But he couldn't deliver another title for Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire with the Suns, with LeBron James with the Cavaliers or with the Celtics' Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

At each stop, he endeared himself to the fans and his new teammates with his effervescent smile and playful attitude, including the habit of adopting a new nickname that he felt embodied his role with his new team. In Phoenix he was the "Big Shaqtus"; in Boston, the "Big Shamroq."
O'Neal leaves the game as the NBA's No. 5 all-time scorer, No. 12 all-time rebounder and No. 7 all-time in blocks. His career field goal percentage of 58.2 percent ranks him second all-time. His career averages: 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.


Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 10:56 am

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

I have gone around and around about the way Shaq left the Lakers as well as his attitude about being in shape before practice start. He never did it and was always rounding into shape about October or early November.

The same with his attitude about injuries. His attitude was I got hurt during the season, I will get well during the season.

I as well as I am sure others have wondered the what if situation. What if Kobe and Shaq could have put their egos in a basket and co-existed, how many championships they would have won as Lakers together. I am estimating approximately 7 to 8 more together as they both were in their prime and had a good supporting cast.

Since wrestling with the thought of Shaq’s jersey being placed in the rafters with other great Laker’s of yore. I think Shaq was very selfish as the organization had signed him to a contract worth 120 million that was just ending. He wanted to make more than Kobe and for the Lakers to be called his team.

We all know that both Kobe and Shaq had and have huge egos, but were too stupid to sit down and look into the future. On this count I blame a lot of people with them being the primary ones, another is the Zen master, Buss, other team members and their personal friends. I am sure their friends were telling each that they were the man and should be the team leader.

I guess I have came to the conclusion that both were immature, not getting the correct information and had no foresight as to what might have been or could have been.

I have a little doubt about the jersey or Shaq being raised along with the other greats of the Lakers. He was instrumental in 3 championships.  Also Jerry Buss has indicated he would at some period allow Shaq’s jersey to be raised in the rafters at Staples. I will go along with the idea and support others that would want to do this.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:09 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

I guess Shaq wasn't good enough to warrant one more season so that he could go on a "Farewell Tour" and that fans are tired of this egomaniac. No Lebron James..I'm not talking about you.

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:36 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

Shaq had one heck of a career! He helped my Heat win a ring alongside Wade,  3 with Kobe, and was a perennial all star, his game will truely be missed! Hopefully he will become an analyst of some sort.... would sure be better to watch than Barkley's broke a**!!

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 4:13 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

Shaq Daddy!  Love em or hate em he was great for the league.  Enjoy your well deserved retirement you big

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:45 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

I just wish he and Kobe could  have worked around their egos and remained together. They would have won at least 7 NBA championships and perhaps more. The greatest duo  ever in the NBA.  

With the two of them together perhaps they would have challenged for the most NBA championships and passed Boston long ago.

As they say this is wishful thinking and water under the bridge.

I am glad Shaq finally retired. As I understand Dr Jerry Buss (USC  Alum) has said he will retire his jersey in the rafters at Staples. That is awful nice of Jerry and Jim Buss.

You can not rewrite history, but with Shaq there are many what if situations.


Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:31 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

Great career for this guy,  but it is way past time for him to hang it up if he wants to go out with a good "legacy" and all of that. He could probably still stay and play somewhere in the NBA and fade into the shadows, wind up backing up one of the league's really good centers, or he could retire now with what little dignity he has left intact. I think he made the right decision by not dragging out and I think he will look back on it and see it as a good decision.

Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:35 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

Can I have a Big Breakfast???  Dude's in the therapy tub than he is on the court; and he is an astonishing free throw shooter.  Top the showers!!!!  Should have retired years ago.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:17 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

Thank you Shaq for helping the Lakers get a 3 peat in the 2000's.  It was a great 8 years.  I only wish that you would have committed yourself to basketball like Kobe did and that the both of you would have dropped some of the ego to stay together.  (Kobe you too!) I could only imagine at least 5 championships or maybe even 7.  But should of, could of, would of.  It all worked out.  Thanks for the great memories. 

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:13 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

SHAQ- NOOOOoooo !! 

I guess we will all wonder what could've been, if only he had been more interested in basketball than his various side-projects.  Imagine how much more dominant a player he would've been if he had maintained good conditioning from his Orlando years...

Now we can speculate endlessly on what's next for Shaq Diesel.  Will it be more rap albums ?  Will it be more undercover deputy sheriff work ?  Personally, I'm hoping for a sequel to "Shaq Fu", the best video game in the Universe!! 

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:32 pm

Shaquille O'Neal tweets: 'I'm retiring'

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I still love some SHAQ!!!

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