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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: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:15 pm

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

Don't get enough credit for your footwork in the post that matches your size

Seriously...Shaq had footwork in the post?  That is news to me.  Shaq basically walked you under the hoop and then turned into you knocking you back three feet.  The refs couldn't call him for charging everytime or he would have never lasted a quarter of a game.  Not really footwork.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:05 pm

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

As far as I am concerned, he retired when he left Orlando.  He showed me his true color was green.  Still, I always saw two sides of Shaq and, mostly he was a good and decent person.  I guess being his size made him think, at times, he was different and could act how he pleased.  To bad he did not have one more good series in him As I truly dislike the Heat.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:59 pm

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

Olajuwon was in his 11th year and Shaq his 3rd.  To you 11th year is his prime, but the 3rd year is "young".  I think you have it backwards.  If Olajuwan were in his 20's that sweep would have been even uglier.  Orlando was a number 1 seed, and Houston a 6.  The people are posting here that Hakeem coulnd't guard O'Neal.  They're totally re-writing history, and I'm calling them on it. 

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:58 pm

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

Shaq is not the GOAT...he is the FOAT...If he would have stayed in LA his jersey would have been hanging in the rafters along the other great Laker centers...Jabbar and Chamberlain...instead...his jersey will be retired and hanging in the local Pizza Hut.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:56 pm

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

Actually Larry David you're the idiot, Shaq is definitely better than Duncan, but I'll agree he's not the greatest of all time. Hakeem played in the finals when shaq was still young third year in the league, Hakeem was in his prime.

Maybe you should do some research before shutting other people down 

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:56 pm

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

Shaq had an incredible career.

Much respect, big man.

4-time NBA Champion, 3-time Finals MVP, 2-time Scoring Champion, 15-time NBA All-Star, and NBA Most Valuable Player.

Love the fun-loving personality.  Don't get enough credit for your footwork in the post that matches your size...  You will be missed.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:55 pm

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

Now Olajuwan coulnd't guard O'Neal??????  How about the 1995 NBA Finals, where Houston swept Orlando (Rokets were a 6th seed), and Olajuwan outscored Shaw in EVERY SINGLE GAME?  You guys need to open up a history book.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:53 pm

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

For that guy that said Shaq dominated other dominate centers, please name those centers now. Shaq actually came into the league at mid to end of the careers of a lot of the dominate centers.<br /><br />Ewing and Hakeem were already 7 and 8 years into their careers when Shaq arrived.<br /><br />Mourning was undersized, Mutumbo was rail thin and Duncan was more of a power forward. <br /><br />I'm not taking anything from Shaq, he's a great player and one of the best centers of all time but he was always bigger than everybody else not that much more skilled.<br /><br />He'll probably be the last of the truly dominant big men though as most 7 footers nowadays want to shoot 3's and spend no time down in the block.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:46 pm

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

Russell, Wilt, Hakeem, Ewing........None of these guys could guard Shaq. Shaq would've eaten all the old-school centers up. That he is somehow disrepected because of Kobe is BS and it astounds me. I had a pure competitve hatred for Shaq but you can't deny the way he dominated and he never played with a pure point guard in his prime. When Shaq got the ball within eight feet of the basket you knew bodies were about to hit the floor.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:45 pm

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

Hey genius.  Kobe wasn't even in LA before O'Neal.  I have a feeling you may be a very young person, so here's a history lesson for you:  in his prime, he played against Olajuwan in the NBA Finals and Hakeem ate him up.

The guy was big.  He had personality.  And he was great at times.  The only comparison is Chamberlain bc he, too, was freakishly bigger and stronger than ayone on the floor.  But he was raw and he remained raw.  Let's not even talk free throws. 

But he's far from the best of all time; it's debatable if he's even better than Duncan. 

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