One of the most dominant forces in basketball and a future NBA Hall of Famer, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal, announced his retirement from the profession today after 19 years.
The annoucement was made via Twitter:
Ever the competitor, injuries hampered his final three seasons, but the years when he played at full force he was something to watch.
With a powerful career that started with the Orlando Magic, then moved to the Los Angeles Lakers and on to the Miami Heat, the last three seasons saw Shaq with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and this past season with the Boston Celtics.
There has been so much written about The Diesel the past two decades that perhaps it would be best to just list a few of his many accomplishments, and then watch this eight minute video showing just how dominant he was on the court.
* NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
* Twice NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)
* NBA MVP (2000)
* A four time NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006)
* Three NBA Finals MVP awards (2000, 2001, 2002)
* 15 NBA All Star Teams (1993-1998, 2000-2007, 2009)
* Three times NBA All Star MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
* among others
Shaq in Action:
We enjoyed your play, Shaq, as well as your off-court entertainment.
Following is a short Shaq-feature comic hero treatment from the NBA.
Enjoy your retirement, Shaq.
Over For Now.
Main Street One