View Full Version : Shaquille O'Neal to Retire

06-01-2011, 02:57 PM


06-01-2011, 02:58 PM

06-01-2011, 02:58 PM
via twitter

Shaq retires (http://www.tout.com/m/9944wo)

Hall of Famer for sure.

Sadds The Gr8
06-01-2011, 02:58 PM

it was hard watching him play the last couple seasons because he was a shell of his former self. but he was one of the most entertaining players in NBA history. it sucks to see him go...he's definitely the most dominant player i've ever seen in my life.

06-01-2011, 02:58 PM
its about time.

06-01-2011, 02:59 PM

06-01-2011, 02:59 PM
Hopefully he changes his mind.

Sadds The Gr8
06-01-2011, 02:59 PM
lol damn just seen like 3 other threads made along with mine...they'll all get merged.

06-01-2011, 03:00 PM
4 of these threads in like 10 seconds, haha.

06-01-2011, 03:00 PM
If hes actually talking about basketball, this sucks.

There will never be a superstar like Shaq again. The dominance, the personality, the talent.

When Shaq was in LA he was larger than life.

06-01-2011, 03:02 PM
its about time.


06-01-2011, 03:02 PM
Never will be the same without Shaq.

06-01-2011, 03:03 PM
i hope he joins the tnt crew next year
webber needs to get fired

06-01-2011, 03:03 PM
Congrats on a good career Shaq if this is true! Did anyone see how thick his beard is?

06-01-2011, 03:03 PM
Was just about to post this with the other 4 :lol

One of my favorite players watching growing up and one of the best players ever. May never see anyone like Shaq in the NBA.

Get this man a spot on TNT!

06-01-2011, 03:03 PM
The NBA will never be the same without Shaq. Even if he was injured every game.

06-01-2011, 03:03 PM
Great career Shaq! :clap:

06-01-2011, 03:04 PM
I'm loving his James Harden beard.

06-01-2011, 03:05 PM
how sad.

You should have signed your Last contract in the Purple and Gold .

06-01-2011, 03:05 PM
I agree, it would be awsome if he joined the TNT group.

06-01-2011, 03:06 PM
Welp, I guess my prediction of Shaq averaging 20 and 10 next season isn't coming true.

06-01-2011, 03:06 PM
big mans done... what a career he had!

06-01-2011, 03:09 PM
Shaq + Chuck = :nod:

06-01-2011, 03:09 PM
one of the most dominant players ever...In my lifetime (26 years old), I have never seen a player as dominate as him. During his years with the Lakers, if you gave him the ball in the low post, chances were very high that he would either get 2 points, or be sent to the FT line...a defense was made just for him (hack-a-shaq). Western teams stacked there benches with multiple bigs, just to have someone who can come in and foul shaq. He completely owned the league when he played with the Lakers...NBA teams not named the Lakers made decisions about their own teams based on Shaq.

06-01-2011, 03:09 PM
To think I seen his rookie seen all the way to his last game....his entire career. Makes me feel old.

Jahari Kavi
06-01-2011, 03:11 PM
Great career...top 10 player .....will miss the Big Diesel

06-01-2011, 03:12 PM
To think I seen his rookie seen all the way to his last game....his entire career. Makes me feel old.

Lol wait until you saw players that retired more than 20 years ago.

Jahari Kavi
06-01-2011, 03:13 PM
I still have old memorabilia tucked away from his rookie season

06-01-2011, 03:14 PM
Sad day

06-01-2011, 03:15 PM
one of the greats! Now come home and retire with the Lakeshow Big Fella!

06-01-2011, 03:15 PM
Sad. My second favorite player of all time

06-01-2011, 03:17 PM
he better become an NBA commentator. He aint afraid to tell it like it is, and make you laugh at it too.

John Walls Era
06-01-2011, 03:17 PM
Loved him during the Lakers days. One of the most dominating Cs of all time.

06-01-2011, 03:18 PM
Finally! Old man can't do it anymore. Time to walk down Miami Beach with your hot GF....

06-01-2011, 03:19 PM
Shaq could have been the greatest center in NBA history if him and Kobe could have talked things out but now he is only Top 5

1. Kareem
2. Wilt
3. Russell
4. Shaq
5. Hakeem

06-01-2011, 03:20 PM
most dominant player of our time. shaq was a beast.

06-01-2011, 03:22 PM
sad to see him go but it was time, thanks Shaq you were amazing

06-01-2011, 03:22 PM
Farewell Shaq.

Chi StateOfMind
06-01-2011, 03:24 PM
About time. Look forward to seeing him on TNT. Legend but ended his career on a bad note to me.

06-01-2011, 03:25 PM
I wish he had gotten one more ring. He deserved it after what he has done for the game

06-01-2011, 03:26 PM
Damn...this is sad news. The end of an era.

Peace Shaq.

Rain 816
06-01-2011, 03:26 PM
I have nothing but respect for Shaq...so many laughs over the yrs...all i can say to shaq is this...."Thank you"

06-01-2011, 03:31 PM
later shaq. a true legend.

06-01-2011, 03:33 PM
a true legend.

we'll miss you big guy

06-01-2011, 03:39 PM
Its a shame to see the big lug go out like this.. journey man with injury problems. Most dominant big man in our generation. We definitely haven't seen or heard the last of shaq. Hopefully he takes over webber's spot on inside the NBA. I can see him being a color commentator too.
Peace Shaq. HOF career, no doubt. :cheers:

06-01-2011, 03:39 PM
Cool way to do it.

Raoul Duke
06-01-2011, 03:40 PM
Those of us that had a chance to watch this guy in his prime should feel very lucky. Thirty years from now, a whole generation will be clueless as to how good he really was, and we'll get to tell them what it was like to actually see him play.

06-01-2011, 03:42 PM
My fav player, one of the best players who I can remember their entrire career like coming from college I liked him then follow hin through the NBA

06-01-2011, 03:43 PM

Just ridiculous.

06-01-2011, 03:45 PM
Would like to add...He now has more time to

Work on a Shaq Fu sequel
Make STEEL 2, Kazaam 2, and Blue Chips 2

Bring back Shaq Versus

Continue his rap career

Work as a police officer (If allowed back)

Become a contendor in the UFC as he said he could.

06-01-2011, 03:58 PM
Those of us that had a chance to watch this guy in his prime should feel very lucky. Thirty years from now, a whole generation will be clueless as to how good he really was, and we'll get to tell them what it was like to actually see him play.

This is true, but I will also ponder just how much better he could have been. I mean if he truly put in the time to just stay in great physical shape :speechless:

As a Laker fan Shaq is bittersweet, but he was a force of nature and I am thankful that I got to see one of the best players ever.

06-01-2011, 04:02 PM
The Godfather!! :clap:

06-01-2011, 04:06 PM
Thanks for the 8 amazing years. Most dominating player ever IMO.

06-01-2011, 04:08 PM
You want a guy nobody can understand on TV, commentating no less?

Was just about to post this with the other 4 :lol

One of my favorite players watching growing up and one of the best players ever. May never see anyone like Shaq in the NBA.

Get this man a spot on TNT!

06-01-2011, 04:13 PM
The NBA lost a great one.

06-01-2011, 04:18 PM
Shaq thanks for all the moments on all teams that you were in special when you were in Miami Heat :)

congrats Diesel.. we'll miss you

06-01-2011, 04:21 PM
You can't retire yet, Big Fella. Come on back to La La and sign that one day contract. You had your most success as a Laker. It's only fitting that you leave the game in purple and gold along with some of the greatest centers to ever play the game.

06-01-2011, 04:24 PM
Thanks Big Fella for helping bring 3peat to the Lakers.

06-01-2011, 04:31 PM
Interviewing him on ESPNews now.

06-01-2011, 04:34 PM

06-01-2011, 04:41 PM
About goddam time.

But he'll be threatening to unretire at least once a season for the next 5-7 years.

06-01-2011, 07:59 PM
inb4 he gains 100 pounds

06-01-2011, 08:15 PM
Thank You for 19 years of service Big Fella, one of the All Time Greats!:worthy:

06-01-2011, 08:17 PM
Thank you Shaq! Would of loved for you to sign a 1 day contract with the Lake show to retire with the Lakers.

06-01-2011, 08:23 PM

06-01-2011, 08:23 PM
inb4 he gains 100 pounds


Great player. Hopefully he doesn't become the Favre of the NBA now....

06-01-2011, 09:47 PM
i hope he joins the tnt crew next year
webber needs to get fired

Seriously? I cannot understand a word the guy says...ever.

06-01-2011, 09:49 PM
I bet he pulls a Favre and comes back to play.He'll get that itch....and he wasnt completely useless even at his age.

06-01-2011, 10:10 PM
Shaq's gone. Duncan is almost done. KG is nearing the end. It's always sad to see these eras come to an end.

06-02-2011, 03:29 AM
Gotta love Shaq, the guy was all about respect, something most players in the league lack today

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – For all of the rim-rattling slam dunks and silly nicknames, all of the muscle-flexing and look-at-me posing, all of the bragging and boasting and often headline-grabbing feuds, what sticks in my mind about Shaq is the respect and humility he had for a teacher.

When Hakeem Olajuwon competed an amazing run through the 1995 playoffs with a superlative tour de force performance – 32.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game – that culminated in a four-game sweep of his Magic, one might have expected a young Shaq to pout and make excuses.

Instead O’Neal made himself a better player.

All of that fancy footwork that Olajuwon used to move wherever he wanted on the court, many of this spins and scoops that had practically tied him up in knots in that 4-0 whipping, eventually became a part of Shaq’s repertoire.

“Hakeem is the master and in that case the only thing you can do is learn from him,” he said. “It makes no sense to get angry or to act like it didn’t happen. What someone who wants to become a champion does is take the lessons and learns.”

So he did, studying videotapes of Olajuwon’s footwork, turning much of it to his advantage. While critics were raving that he was nothing but a bull in a china shop, the truth is, if you watched close, you would see the growth of the world’s largest ballet dancer.

He won four championships using a lot of what he learned from those early lessons delivered by Olajuwon. And through the years while he often lashed out at teammates and competitors, you never heard anything but praise for the man who schooled him on the biggest stage.

In May of 2006, during the Eastern Conference finals against the Pistons, I was asked by Olajuwon to get a message to Shaq and have him call. Hakeem the Dream had been watching the playoffs and had a few suggestions.

Following a Miami shootaround, I handed a page out of my notebook to O’Neal that bore a phone number and the name.

“Oh, wow!” Shaq said. “I’ll call right away.”

Later that night, following a big game by him and a big win for the team, I was making my way through the Heat locker room when a large hand landed on my shoulder and turned me around.

“A wise man always listens to words from the master. Thanks,” said Shaq. And he was beaming.

06-02-2011, 04:28 AM
not gonna even go through and read ppl comments...im sure there's some disrespectful ones....i hated shaq most of his career but always respected what he did...in his latter yrs i came to appreciate him and like him...he will be missed...between him and jordan (who i also didnt like while he was playing due to the fact he was the reason the knicks never one a championship) might be the 2 greatest players that i remember from beginning to end of my lifetime...i was there for magic isiah and bird but not for the beginning of their careers....but i wanna say thanks shaq

06-02-2011, 11:13 AM
Shaq had respect for you so long as your title count was comparable to his, if not your nothing

06-02-2011, 11:18 AM
Glad to see him go. Unfortunately now we'll just have to put up with more of his on air ****. What an idiot Shaq is.

06-02-2011, 12:17 PM
There doesn't seem to be alot of coverage of this, but shaq was a great player and was great for the nba. One of a kind really. A guy that size with the athletic ability he had was awsome. I seem to remember him saying he wanted to be a cop too. Maybe that's what he does next.

Havoc Wreaker
06-03-2011, 09:18 AM
Hasn't he tried to steal the thunder of the Finals before?