Shaq retires via Twitter!
Breaking News: Shaq announced his retirement after 19 seasons with a 16-second video link via Twitter today. He was almost non-existent with the Celtics this season due to recurring leg problems. He was the #1 draft pick in the 1992 draft. He had four championships: three with the LA Lakers (2000, 01, 02) and one with the Miami Heat (2006) plus one MVP Award in 2000. He was a 15-time all-star across six different cities: Orlando Magic, LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtic’s. For over 15 years, teams changed their D to “Shaq a hack” in the crunch or late in the games. “Shaq a hack” was a method in which teams would foul hard (to mke him miss the shot), and make him shoot free-throws (50% career FT shooter). Read the excerpt, courtesy foxsports:
O’Neal retires fifth all-time with 28,596 points, 12th with 13,099 rebounds, seventh in blocks with 2,732 blocks, and second only to Artis Gilmore among players with more than 2,000 baskets with a .582 field goal percentage.
“I really, really thought about coming back,” he said, “but this Achilles is very damaged and if I had it done the recovery would be so long we’d have same outcome as this last year — everyone sitting around and waiting for me.
“I didn’t want to let people down two years in a row. I didn’t want to hold Boston hostage again.
“I’m letting everybody know now so Danny (Ainge) and the organization can try to get younger talent. I would love to come back, but they say once the Achilles is damaged it’s never the same. I don’t want to take that chance.”