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Report: Shaquille O'Neal in talks to play in Mexican league exhibitions

By Ben Golliver | Blogger

Get ready to hear the words, "The Big Sombrero," about 5,000 times over the next two months.

ESPNDeportes.com reports that NBA legend and TNT commentator Shaquille O'Neal is in negotiations with Fuerza Regia of the Mexican Professional Basketball League to play in "one or two" games in October.

Cronica.com reports that O'Neal was recently in Monterrey, Mexico, to meet with wheelchair-bound children.

O'Neal, 40, announced his retirement from the NBA in June 2011. He signed on with TNT less than two months later and has so far resisted the urge to mount a comeback to professional basketball.

The self-proclaimed "Most Dominant Ever," O'Neal retired with the fifth most points and seventh most blocks in NBA history. A 15-time All-Star and 4-time NBA champion, O'Neal earned more than $292 million in salary and will be a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Lakers announced plans to retire O'Neal's jersey in April. His career also included stops with the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

Hat tip: Pro Basketball Talk

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