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Shaquille O’Neal Is Retiring

 

The news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as O’Neal posted the brief video announcement on his Twitter account just moments ago. Here’s the text of his video: You can watch the video posted on Tout.com

“We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I thank you very much and that’s why I’m telling you first: I’m about to retire. Thank you. Talk to you soon.”

We’ll have plenty of time to further reflect on one of the greatest careers in NBA history, but in the short term, this shouldn’t come as any sort of surprise to Celtics fans.

In a way, Shaq hurt the C’s prospects this year more than he helped, not because of anything he should be specifically blamed for. Rather, Shaq played so well with the starting five on the onset of the season, that the performance was impressive enough for the team’s front office to rely on Shaq’s iffy health down the stretch. Unfortunately the 39-year-old’s frame was unable to hold up.

Through the first half of the season however, he gave us plenty of entertainment both on and off the floor, as a crucial part of one of the most entertaining Celtics locker rooms in history. The whispers will undoubtedly remain (like they did with Sheed) about Shaq returning for one last March/April run if we have basketball next season, but for now let’s pay tribute to one of the most dominant centers ever to play the game.

  • someguyinsac

    Have a happy retirement Shaq, thanks for trying to help get Banner 18.

  • Batman

    Shaq

    Only one word to describe him:
    Legend

    say no more

    • janos

      Is legend of the Fall, good movie and good player. Miss you already shaq

  • James Patrick

    Too bad Ainge jacked up the team, Shaq would've won #5 with us.

  • janos

    Hi Bryan, is Janos.
    Very good picture you post of shaq, I take similar picture many year ago when court wife. Work like the charm.

    Batman already make good post on Shaq so no need here reinvent wheel but also important note in video Shaq using very nice LCD computer, was at least 24 maybe 27 inch size. That is very good one, cost at least 200 dollars or more.

    • Batman

      Only the finest hardware for Shaq

  • Morpheus

    Thankyou Big Fella. A legend on the court, matched with a legendary personality off it as well. How many players can make claim to that.

    It's been an honour to watch such a dominant 7ft behemoth center throughout the years, you've been a blessing to the game of basketball all around the world. Thankyou Shaq.

  • James Patrick

    I don't feel like this is it. I think if The C's look like they can make a decent run, maybe he signs at the end of the season, healthy and fresh just in time for playoffs.

    I'm holding out hope that these two #36 jersey I got can be used again next year!

    • someguyinsac

      Hoping for a PJ Shaq outcome are you? =)

    • Jamie

      The surgery he needs to fix his achilles is at least a 9 month recovery. That is what the Celtics doctors told him in the most recent exam. That is why he decided to go ahead and retire now so Celtics can make decisions knowing he's not going to play.

      He's not coming back.

      • someguyinsac

        Awww come on, don't be a buzzkill. =)

  • strips

    off topic, but just a quick analogy about the words in the video on the sidebar:

    father time = mother _____ ?

    and that was truly the best starting five ever…damn…thank you for trying shaq…

  • I_Love_Green

    Thank you Shaq. The guy truly is a legend of the game, and arguably the most dominant player in history when he was in his prime. There will NEVER be another player like him. The size, strength, speed, athleticism, and talent. He truly was one of a kind.

    Thank you once again Shaq, for a wonderful ride.

  • Batman

    minor correction
    2nd best
    I think the mavericks + caron butler was statistically better
    I may be wrong, but i doubt it

  • I_Love_Green

    Oh wow….awful ending for the Bruins. ):

  • Sauce

    Keep Busy son, Shaq you fought with Kobe, you danced, you dunked.

    I think we need some Vintage Shaq video's up to both mourn the retirement and celebrate his retirement.

    • Celtics Freak

      dont forget he rapped too

  • From a loyal fan

    Great blog– compelling and captivating. Thank you.

  • torpid bunny

    I loved watching Shaq play, loved his personality, and I will always regret he couldn't play in these playoffs. The celtics were the best team in the league with Shaq. Unbelievable that he could have that impact at 39. I will miss watching him, and no one can replace his personality.

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