Shaquille O'Neal has announced his intention to retire from the NBA after 19 seasons. The superstar center, who will go down as one of the best big men in NBA history, posted a brief video on his Twitter account where he said with a smile that his career was over.
We did it. 19 years, baby. Want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.
O'Neal ends his career with 28,596 career points, four NBA championships and one MVP trophy. He was arguably the most recognizable face of the NBA after Michael Jordan's retirement, and he was known as much for his colorful personality as his size, power and production.
O'Neal will finish his career having played for six different teams. He was expected to be a key factor in the playoffs for the Boston Celtics, but could never get healthy after suffering a calf injury.
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