Shaq Announces Retirement

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Shaq Announces Retirement

The legendary basketball player takes to Twitter to reveal plans to leave the NBA.

Published June 1, 2011

Shaquille O’Neal is calling it quits after nearly 20 years in the NBA.


The hoop star made the announcement via Twitter, linking followers to a short video where he discussed his exit from professional basketball. "We did it," Shaq says in the clip. "Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much, that's why I'm telling you first, I'm about to retire. Thank you, talk to you soon."


The announcement comes after yet another difficult season in which he was plagued with injuries. Shaq only played a few minutes in games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals before bowing out.


The basketball star began his career in the early 1990s with the Orlando Magic and leaves the league with four championship rings, three finals MVP trophies, rookie of the year honors, as well as an MVP award and a bevy of All-Star appearances. In addition to his star power on the court, Shaq leveraged his celebrity into a multi-faceted media career that included film roles and music. Shaq starred in movies like Kazaam and released four rap albums, including the platinum Shaq Diesel. In more recent years he has produced and been featured in two reality series, Shaq’s Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.


Prior to today’s announcement, Shaq was the oldest active player in the NBA.


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Written by Michael Arceneaux


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