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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: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:39 pm

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

Unlike you maybe the guy has fire to compete.

Never give an athlete a hard time for not moving on.

Favre is tougher than family tree.  Warriors never let go.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:35 pm

Kobe was nothing before SHAQ came to LA! Best EVA

And I am from Beantown!   Anyone that knows hoop does not compare Duncan, Hakeem maybe even Russell, because of his ERA.

Shaq had big centers to dominate, and he made them look like Wimps, yes wimps.  For a 7' 280 man to flop is what many did, just to get out of his way.  He was the most dominating post player question.  You might never see another that could go strong like that and pass the ball like him.  He was athletic and powerful.  Barkley was insane like that , except he was 6'4" and never passed.  Sorry Charles.

Kobe learned from Shaq and never controlled a game like he does the past 5 years until Shaq left.  Take Kobe away from Shaq and put a Mitch Richmond on that team AT THAT TIME and you win....Take Shaq away Kobe those years...with those big men??? Good luck. 

Shaq was a Tiger Woods like to watch...the best you knew would win and you still turned in.  He entertained with a smile and would elbow your noggin off the next second.  He played old school and brought showtime just for us to laugh at.  You could have fed him all game in his prime and would would have been 100-210 fta's in that game.  You know it and I do.  Triple team was a must , because two was a joke.

Hey Shaq.  Never get caught in any of this dumb...Duncan or this was better.  Russell was a winner in his time and the best shot blocker / defender ever.  YOU domi9nated the center position like it will never done again..>EVER!   Now meet me for a 54 ouncer at Abe and Louies! 

On you now that you are retired.  I enjoyed watching that old body fight right till the end.

Stop the ever.

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:34 pm

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

when your a player ... especially one of his calibre ... sometime its hard to give up the game .....GREAT CAREER ... IT WAS A PLEASURE WATCHING U ....ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT 

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:32 pm

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


Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:31 pm

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

madrush - me too,  LSU he was triple teamed and still dominated.

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

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

He should have done this two years ago instead of making a fool of himself the last two years of his career.<br /><br />Honestly he probably should have retired after 06 when he won the title with the Heat.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:29 pm

Goodbye SHAQ Daddy

Probably best for him to hang in up.

Phenomenal career.

I'd put him as the 5th best Center of all-time (alpha order Kareem, Wilt, Mikan, BR).

To be fair he was sometimes accused of not bringing it every night.

For his talent and his wit he will be greatly missed.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:28 pm

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

I don't think Tim Duncan was better, maybe more fundamentally sound, but SHAQ was more dominant and affected games more than Tim Duncan. Don't get me wrong though, Tim Duncan was/is a very good player!

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:26 pm

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

Shaq is a perfect example how people coming out of poor neighborhoods can make it happen by just putting their all into it. Newark, NJ and im sure all NBA fans just want to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the past 19 years. I still remember when you came to Columbus Hospital and we met back in the 90's!! Tongue out No one can ever break the backboard like you did with Orlando, hahaha.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:22 pm

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

Amazing.  I remember when he played at LSU.  Dang, I'm getting old.

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