Shaq Believes He'll Play In NBA Next Season

Published August 3, 2010

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Shaquille O'Neal believes he will be playing in the NBA next season but says he would retire if a contending team does not make him an offer.

O'Neal said Tuesday that he would not play internationally and would only return to the NBA on a contending team. He said if the time has come for him to retire, he will do so "very graciously" and "have a big party."

The 38-year-old O'Neal spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and another with the Miami Heat.

O'Neal was in Orlando with teen pop star Justin Bieber to promote the basketball star's television show, "Shaq Vs." The second season of the reality competition was set to begin Tuesday night on ABC.

Written by ANTONIO GONZALEZ,Associated Press Writer

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