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Shaq Announces His Retirement

Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement on Tout, a new social media tool, today. Shaq video messaged his fans, saying, “We did it. Nineteen years baby. I 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.”

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After his collegiate career at LSU, O’Neal played for 19 NBA seasons. He played in an NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic, and won an 4 NBA championships, 3 with the Lakers, and 1 with the Heat.

O’Neal will most likely be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Some more of his career accolades include the following:

15-time NBA All-Star
•  28,596 career points (5th all-time)
•  2000 NBA MVP
•  3-time NBA Finals MVP (2000-02)
•  1993 NBA Rookie of the Year
•  Notable nicknames: The Diesel, Shaq Fu, Superman, The Big Daddy, The Big Shaqtus, The Big Shamrock ,and has plans for a new one at his retirement press conference on Friday
•  13 seasons with 20 PPG and 10 RPG (most in NBA)
•  5,250 postseason points (4th all-time in NBA)
•  216 postseason game played (3rd in all-time in NBA)

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