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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: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:53 pm

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

Myself,and the entire NBA is going to miss "The Big Fella"! It's too bad that he had to go out due to an injury,but's happen to a lot of players.....regardless of the sport.Frown

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:48 pm

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

Sad to see Shaq retire. I was never watched basketball, then I saw this huge dude destroying worlds, eating worlds, the big galactic, will never be forgotten. I could never pass up 1.4 million. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:47 pm

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

The man is very positive and is NEVER caught up in any nonsense, and if you want to bring up his divorce, please jump in a lake.  50% of marriages end in divorce.  It's not a Shaq thing, it's a people thing.
Yep, Shaq cheating on his wife wasn't a Shaq thing, it was a people thing.  Same with Tiger Woods.  Good argument buddy.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:44 pm

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

  What a character! Shaq could say and do things that others would get roasted for, but for the Diesel it was all taken good naturedly.
  He innocently always took himself so seriously, and he made it come off right. I would say he's one of - if not the most - loved sports figures in recent history.
  Maybe he will now become a great crimefighter, or orater, or astronaut.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:43 pm

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

Kobe acted like a spoiled child, yet Shaq continually reported to camp out of shape.
Shaq also acted like a spoiled child, constantly railing against Kobe, constantly referring to the Lakers as "Diesel's Team".  Personally, I won't miss Shaq.  I always thought he was a self centered egomaniac who was unwilling to ride in the passenger seat.  D-Wade expressed the same issues with Shaq's weight in Miami.  He's had problems with players nearly everywhere he's gone, Orlando, LA, Miami.  Too much of a trend for me to believe it was the other guys.  Good riddance to him.

Truth be told, I'd say that the likelihood of Shaq retiring is equal to the likelihood he makes a free throw.  Wouldn't surprise me if this was just something to do in order to get attention.

Since: Sep 18, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:36 pm

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

As long as Shaq doesnt put out another rap album or does a sequel to shazaam then I am happy for him.  39 years old is old for an NBA player, and 19 years at any job is a long time.   Good for him!  And as a closing remark, Shaq doesnt need no hooks. (Shaq fu reference!)

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:35 pm

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

Golliver will find a way to work in the fag angle to this story. Stay tuned....

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:30 pm

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

Just imagine what could have been if he and Kobe had gotten along.  Without a doubt he would probably have retired with 7-8 rings and a jersey hanging in the rafters at the Staples Center.  In their spat, I believe both players were wrong.  Kobe acted like a spoiled child, yet Shaq continually reported to camp out of shape.  If their egos would have just been a wee bit smaller they would have made an epic run and kept the Celtics from getting that 2008 gift championship.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:30 pm

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

Can someone explain to me the 'scores' of these posts?  The dumbest posts can score in the 100s. The best posts score in the 50s.  CBS SPORTS- the dumbest website ever continues its reign on the internet.  (BTW: I wonder how this post will score- let's see).

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:24 pm

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

shaq momma is way over rated i liked the guy i loved his persona but as a ballplayer he was 1/2 dimensional  He'd just back his way through the team and and dunk OR get a feed and dunk or he'd grab the ball and dunk  see the pattern i dont think he was much of a ball player he was a prolific scorerer but he was not  one of the all time greats i can name 8 centers off the top of my keys better  russell chamberlain jabbar lanier olajawon unseld mikan cowens   

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