Shaquille O’Neal Retires

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

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

NBA Conference Championship Playoffs 2011

It is definitely NBA Playoff time and as this blog is being written the playoffs are, essentially, midway to having a 2011 Champion.

Some surprises have definitely happened along the way.

The #1 seed in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs, lost in the first round to the #8 seed Memphis Grizzlies in six games.

Perhaps it was meant to be this year, the #2 seed (and defending NBA Champion) Los Angeles Lakers took six games to beat the #7 New Orleans Hornets and then got swept by #3 Dallas Mavericks in four games, completely thwarting their effort for a second three-peat.

In the Eastern Conference, the #1 seed Chicago Bulls, with the league’s MVP and best record of all teams, took out the #7 Indiana Pacers in five games in round one and find themselves tied at two games each with #5 seed Atlanta Hawks who took the #4 Orlando Magic out of the picture in six.

Probably one of the most anticipated matchups features #2 Miami Heat and #3 Boston Celtics. The Heat excelled in game 4 to lead the series 3-1.

As it looks right now, the Dallas Mavericks, with time to rest after their sweep, will probably meet #4 Oklahoma City Thunder (providing they get by the Grizzlies, with the series tied at 2 apiece) for the Western Conference Championship while in the Eastern Conference odds are that the Heat will be playing the Bulls to determine who goes for the NBA trophy.

It will be interesting to see.

As the theme of the playoffs is “Win or Go Home,” one can see the truth in that short statement.

In the meantime, one of the highlights of every playoff game has been the NBA’s own commercials, featuring the “Official Basketball.”

This one is absolutely great:

Over For Now.

Main Street One