Shaq announces his retirement
Old 06-01-2011, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shaquille O'Neal, the man with four rings, 28,596 career points and scores of nicknames, has finally decided to call it quits, ending one of the most colorful careers in NBA history that will surely culminate with a Hall of Fame induction.

O'Neal, 39, officially announced his retirement Wednesday using the new social media tool Tout, a real-time video messaging service to announce to fans: "We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want to thank you very much, that's why I'm telling you first, I'm about to retire. Thank you, talk to you soon."

O'Neal said he wasn't prepared yet to reminisce about his long and prolific career, which produced three championships with the Lakers and one with the Heat. "Let's save that for the press conference on Friday," said O'Neal, who will hold that media event at his Isleworth home.

Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss says that O'Neal has not notified the team of his plans.

O'Neal signed a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics last summer but a persistent Achilles injury will prevent him from fulfilling the terms of the deal. O'Neal first injured his right Achilles on Christmas Day and was able to play only in two of the final 35 games of the regular season.

On April 3 against Detroit, O'Neal returned to the court after a two-month absence and scored six points in a spirited 5 minutes and 29 seconds before coming up lame and limping off the floor. Although his injury was listed as a strained calf, O'Neal said it was the Achilles flaring up again.

"I felt like someone had shot me in the back of my leg," he said.

O'Neal did not play again in the regular season. He sat out the New York Knicks playoff series then tried to return in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against his old team, the Miami Heat. O'Neal logged 8 minutes in the 97-81 victory but woke up in considerable pain the next morning. His final game was two days later, when he toiled for three minutes of Game 4 before Celtics coach Doc Rivers pulled him for good.

In the final weeks of the the playoffs, O'Neal, over the objections of team physician Brian McKeon, had "more than five" cortisone shots in his Achilles in an attempt to play against the Heat.

"Doc (McKeon) kept telling me, 'No, no,' but I wanted to play so badly," O'Neal said. "My feeling was, 'If it ruptures, it ruptures.' The Celtics were so good to me I wanted to do everything I could to get back on the court for them."

Shaquille O'Neal announces his retirement after 19 seasons - ESPN Boston
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Was just about to post this.

People all over Twitter are responding with a "Shaq still plays basketball???".
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One of the most awesome players of his era! He will be greatly missed, although I'm sure we'll see him around in commercials and shows and such.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Expected this to happen soon. He was just too injury prone but when he was healthy, he was awesome. Do you guys think Dwight can get to his level?
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Was just about to post this.

People all over Twitter are responding with a "Shaq still plays basketball???".
those people probably know shaq because of lebron
on a side note: i wonder if shaq made his last free throw..
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Expected this to happen soon. He was just too injury prone but when he was healthy, he was awesome. Do you guys think Dwight can get to his level?
If he focuses on getting a mid range jumper maybe he'll be better. Only been in the league since '04 I think, so ask this again in about 4 years.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I kinda forget how dominant he really was in the 90s and early 2000s.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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sad to see him go though
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Dwight Howard, will never be half the player Shaq was... ever.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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One of the best players/centers all time. Great career, funny guy, will be missed in the NBA. Great career!
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Dwight Howard, will never be half the player Shaq was... ever.
Not even close.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sad day for the NBA. I'm not looking forward to the day KG and TD go. The new influx of talent is great, but the guys from the early 2000's were funner to watch IMO.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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He's not as good as a few years before, but Shaq was a beast in his prime.

He should have enough money to cover his retirement. Gonna miss Shaq Vs.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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One of the best aspects of Toronto having a franchise over the last 16 years was having the opportunity to see Shaq live. I got to see him in pretty good seats the year he won it all with Miami.

I'm with Thriller- I remember seeing Shaq, TD and KG. I can't count many other players I was happy just to see take the court, and there aren't any that come to mind that can give me that same feeling of awe.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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He held on one year too many (or maybe a few), but it will be sad to see Shaq-fu/the Big Diesel/the big Shaqtus/the big Shamrock go.

I grew up an anti-lakers fan back in the day, but it was hard to cheer against Shaq. He will be missed.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:50 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yup very sad day in the NBA. What a fuckin' legend.



However Jay Triano leaving does make the day a little better. :cookie:
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:22 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:54 PM   #18 (permalink)
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He'll be missed, I loved seeing him play. He was so dominant down low way back then
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:11 AM   #19 (permalink)
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you got to think he will get a job as a color commentator or one of those half time analysts or something, the guys personality and humour is just perfect for tv
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you got to think he will get a job as a color commentator or one of those half time analysts or something, the guys personality and humour is just perfect for tv
TNT with Kenny, Charles and Shaq :cookie:
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