Shaq announces retirement

    After 19 years at the net, Shaquille O’Neal has announced that he’s retiring from the NBA.

    Don’t say we didn’t tell you! Yes, folks, exactly two weeks after we reported that Shaq would be hanging up his jersey, the Boston Celtics player confirmed it.

    The 39-year old baller announced that he’ll be leaving the game, stating in a Twitter video, "We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first that I’m about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon."

    Shaq, who was a first-round draft pick in 1992, has four NBA Championships under his belt: Three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He’s also a 15-time All-Star player and won the title of NBA Finals MVP three times over the course of his career. 

    His tenure in Boston hasn’t been as impressive, as an injury has kept him off the court for nearly half of the 2010-2011 season. Before his announcement, Shaq was the oldest active NBA player.




    —Sonya Eskridge




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