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Finally after 19 NBA seasons, The Big Shamrock, The Big Aristotle, Superman, Diesel, or just plain old Shaq is calling it quits. Shaquille O’Neal announced via his twitter account with a video from Tout.com that his Hall of Fame career is finally over.
The 15-Time All-Star said:
“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. Love you, talk to you soon.”
Here is the video on YouTube:
Shaq played only 37 games this past season for the Celtics due to multiple injuries. Boston was the sixth team O’Neal played for after stops in Cleveland, Phoenix, Miami, Los Angeles, and Orlando.
Shaq closes his career with 28,596 career points good for fifth All-Time and is a two time NBA scoring champion. He’s seventh All-Time in Blocks and 12th All-Time in Rebounds. As one of the most dominant centers in NBA history, he has one NBA MVP award and 3 NBA Finals MVP awards.
He has also won 4 NBA Championships, but despite all his on-court successes Shaq has been a larger than life character off the court as well. His amazing personality coupled with that unbelievable talent will surely be missed by basketball fans and sports fans worldwide.