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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: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:13 pm

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

A disclaimer:  I am not a Laker fan, but I always thought Shaq was the MDE.  I am sorry that Shaq is retiring.  I would have liked to see how he would have responded to rehab and an offseason with a personal trainer to see if he can get another year out of his body.  I figure he is disappointed with the way this season ended with the injuries and the way Boston was booted from the playoffs.  If the lockout lasts into the 2011-2012 NBA regular season and Shaq is willing to pay the price this summer, he could come back a very good player.  Because he is charismatic, he will have a great life after basketball, so the drive may not be there.  He still draws a crowd wherever he goes, yet I hope he reconsiders the retirement.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:08 pm

Shaq-Fu... We will Miss You.

I find it to be incredible that a valid argument can be made that Shaq is underrated.  But it can!!  For whatever reason, whether it's his personality or honesty, people seem to dismiss Shaq and fail to recognize that he is probably one of the top 15 best players of all time.  OF ALL TIME!!!  Look at the numbers alone.  Are you kidding me?  They are silly.  15-time All-Star, 4 rings, averaged a double-double over a lengthy career, and on and on.  I am not trying to mark-out here, but you would have to be insane not to appreciate Shaq's career.  I also challenge anyone to make an accurate and well-informed criticism of Shaq's personality.  Please go investigate what his friends think of him, what his community thinks of him.  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.  I can't wait to see what Shaq has in store for us next.  As a Florida resident, I hope to see him pursue law enforcement.  Can you imagine if he rolled up on a criminal attempting to rob a gas station?  If I was that perp, I would crap myself.  Anyway, I hope that my message gets out to everyone who takes some distorted pleasure from hating on Shaq.  Just take a deep breath and be rationale, and you will understand that Shaq epitomizes excitement, entertainment, athleticism and respect.  And one last thing, Shaq was the bomb in "Steel."  Peace.      

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:04 pm

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

In my opinion, SHAQ is the greatest in NBA history-  He's the full package-  AMAZING PLAYER, 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2 TEAMS-- PLUS- BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY of all time-- He IMPROVED the NBA's overall IMAGE BECAUSE OF HIS UNIQUENESS AND GREATNESS-- PLUS, HE'S A MENSCH!  When he paid for the funeral of 5 year old Shaniya Davis - HE BECAME MY FAVORITE PLAYER OF ALL TIME.  

 Most the rest of the NBA's players are self serving egomaniacs-- SHAQ is the greatest-- even better than MJ not only because of his playing dominance- but also due to his altruistic behavior.  I'm almost positive ALL the NBA's tv networks will fight over him and pay him WELL more than what he would have earned in his 20th season-- and whereever he lands, he will IMMEDIATELY be revered along with Charles Barkley for his unique and entertaining style.  He will be worth tons of rating points to the networks and will continue to do the league proud.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:04 pm

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

youngster615.....If you understand that Shaqs ring with the Heat was his only one where he was the uncontested man then you understand thats when Shaqs skills had began to fade.  Still without Shaq presence Wade does not get that ring. Kobe has always had a great big man or 2 around him when he has won a title. The title last year was in spite of Kobe not because.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:00 pm

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

He still has 6 fouls, look for a come back.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:55 pm

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

Shaq....I guess Kobe the scoreboard reads right now ....Kobe 2.....Shaq 1 thats rings without playing together....I guess Shaq needed Kobe more then Kobe needed Shaq....Before all you haters reply with your BLAH....BLAH...CRAP.....that kobe won his rings playing with Gasol and whoever else you want to bring up it is not like Shaq won his ring on his own remember he won it with some guy named Wade....and had an oppertunity to win again with Labron but he did the end results in my own opionion is Kobe wins!!! 

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:55 pm

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

.....without Shaq, Kobe would have 3 less rings to his resume so if you like Kobe you should be thanking Shaq.  Kobe was able to develop because Shaq demanded a double and sometimes triple team.  I will say that they may have both needed each other but Kobe needed Shaq way more than Shaq needed Kobe.

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:54 pm

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

He should have retired after that championship season with the Heat.  That was definitely his last real run, and the end of whatever he had left in the tank.  I can understand why he hung around though; just happy to see that he's finally come to his senses. 

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:54 pm

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

Well big fella it was a hell of a run wasn't it...As a Lakers fan, I want to thank you for 8 great seasons in L.A. and help lay the groundwork for 3 straight NBA titles here.  There is no time for being a hater, even after you left because you will go down in sucession of great Laker big men with Mikan, Chamberlain, and Jabbar.  Oh how we have been spoiled at Center, no other franchise can make that claim.  The big Aristotle you will be missed and remembered and one last time, CAN YOU DIGGGGGGGGGG IT!!!!!!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:53 pm

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

That's funny. Based on his play over the past few seasons one would think that he had already retired.

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