Shaquille O'Neal Announces His Retirement Via Twitter
"We did it," he said in a video released via his Twitter account. "19 years, baby. I want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first that I'm about to retire."
In what is certain to be a Hall of Fame career, Shaq accumulated a long list of accomplishments, including playing on four NBA title teams and winning three NBA Finals MVP awards. He was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 2000 and appeared in 15 All-Star games.
In recent seasons, injuries and age slowed The Diesel. In the past two seasons, O'Neal played in a combined 90 games (including just 37 games this year with the Boston Celtics) with his scoring and rebounding numbers well below his career averages.
But O'Neal was about much more than just basketball. With his enormous physique and even larger personality, Shaq was about as engaging a personality as the NBA has seen in years. The league and its fans will certainly miss him.