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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 18, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:46 pm

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

without kobe shaq was just a big lumbering ox, especially after he left l.a.  he then became a hired gun just to sit around and hopefully "earn" another ring to compete with kobe by doing nothing.  well kobe still wants to know how "his a$$ tastes", since shaq is still looking up at him and always will.
hall of shamer is more like it.  and all the rest of you can go pound sand. 

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:40 pm

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

Shaq was a Dominant player in his prime and changed the way the post is officiated because of his unreal size and strength.  He was a Wilt Chamberlain with less skill, but more strength.  If he wanted, he could have backed anyone in the lane and dunked on them.  That is why teams flopped and officials allowed players to hang on him.  How else could he be stopped.  But at that size, it is only a matter of time before the body wears down.  Only he and Chamberlain had that kind of ability.  As far as Centers go, he is without question in the top 3 to 5 all time.  Congrats to a great career and see you in the hall of fame.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:38 pm
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Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:35 pm

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

He should have retired a couple of years ago, it was the big engine that couldn't for some time now. But one heck of a career. Hall of famer.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:31 pm

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

Shaq had a great career.  There was a time after Jordan when Shaq was without a doubt the most dominant player in the game.  If he wanted to score he could score.  It's tough to argue about a guy's greatness that plays in the league for 19 years and averages better than 23 points per game and double digits in rebounds and more than 2 blocks per game.  These are even more impressive stats considering he really has been subpar since his first year in Miami although he had good numbers in Phoenix with Nash feeding him for easy baskets.  Shaq also was part of 4 NBA championship teams and his teams made it to the finals 6 times in 19 seasons.  Shaq will always be doubted because he didn't average 30 points a game and 15 boards but than again how many players really do?

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:27 pm

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

Shaq was a "bad man"!!  The only player I ever saw that had a medical condition named after him.  Shaqitis was very common among NBA centers once they found out they were playing against him next game!!  The opposing center knew his stats were going to take a hit and most of them opted to sit out.  Shaq would hit the court with the force of a hurricane! The guy was simply unstoppable and unbelievably dominant.  Physically it was so unfair that the refs stopped calling all the fouls against him just to even the playing field.  I saw many a no call or a bad call against Shaq and still he was unstoppable. No matter who he played for (even while on the Lakers) I always enjoyed watching him play.  LA better thank their lucky stars they had him or you guys would have 3 less championships to your names.  I never saw Wilt play so I say this with a little asterisk.  The best center to ever play basketball.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:22 pm

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

Waite he wasn't already retired?  I thought that he had just become a Celtics fan to piss of Kobe with all the sitting behind the bench he did.

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:21 pm

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

I'm with you . Shaq was the center who changed the game! to have the fun loving personality he had
was a BONUS. How many SUPERSTARS(yes he was one) have that personality? NONE!!  It was fun to see him poke fun at himself
and the NBA!! Shaq  you were fun and a great player! My only regret is My celtics got you at your very end. Still you brought your personality
to Harvard square for a photo shoot!

Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:20 pm

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

he took less money to go to was he showing his true colors were green??

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:18 pm

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

Shaq deserves respect from all fans of the NBA.  He was one of the greatest players of all time and for anyone to fault him for leaving Orlando to win a ring or two or three or four is wrong.  He showed in his career that without a great big man it is nearly impossible to win a ring in the NBA.  Congratulation to a Shaquille O'Neal who was man amongst boys and always seemed like he had passion and fun while playing the game of basketball.

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