Shaquille O'Neal will officially announce his retirement after 19 season in the NBA in a Friday press conference. Shaq will participate in the press conference via his Orlando home; O'Neal maintains home in South Florida, as he was drafted by the Magic in 1992 and played for the Miami Heat for 3-1/2 seasons.
NBA TV and NBA.com will carry Shaq's announcement live at 1 p.m. ET. Shaq tweeted a short video on Wednesday that announced he would be retiring after a tough season with the Boston Celtics; the 39-year-old played just 752 minutes this year, the lowest total of his career by far. (Early in his career, he'd often play four times as many minutes in a season.)
Everyone wants to know what's next for Shaq, and one can imagine he'll drop hints during his announcement. He tweeted on Thursday a hint that ESPN has reached out to hire him in some capacity. Shaq has had a couple of TV shows and headlined three films, two of which were spectacularly bad and the other of which was about basketball.