Shaquille O’Neal is retiring from the NBA, as he himself announced via his Twitter account last Wednesday, June 1, 2011. After 19 professional basketball seasons, 15 All-Star appearances, eight All-NBA First Team honors, four championship rings and an MVP award, Shaq has called it quits.
“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.” Shaquille said on the video below.
Shaquille O’Neal decided to leave the NBA with a nagging Achilles tendon injury. He missed more than half of the regular season with the Boston Celtics and played only two games in the post-season which saw the Miami Heat oust the defending NBA Eastern Conference Champions to play against Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals.
Shaquille O’Neal was first seen playing for Orlando Magic where he won as Rookie of the Year Award in 2003. He also played for LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He won the MVP award in 2000 and has a record of 28,596 points and 13,099 rebounds.
Shaq will be definitely missed in the court. Below is his video which he posted in his twitter account announcing his retirement from NBA:To receive updates from WWNN.co.uk directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe to us for free by entering your e-mail address here and confirming your subscription by clicking the link that will be sent to your e-mail address.