Recognized by many as the most dominant force in NBA History, Shaquille O’Neal just recently announced his retirement through social media tool Tout (a real-time video messaging service): “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.”
O’Neal racked up a total of 28,596 points in his 19-year career, winning three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and one title with the Miami Heat. His run was cut short due to a mid-season achilles injury. He started the regular season on a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics. The C’s posted a 21-4 record when he was on the floor for 20 or more minutes this season.
“I really, really thought about coming back, but this Achilles is very damaged and if I had it done the recovery would be so long we’d have same outcome as this last year - everyone sitting around and waiting for me,” he said. “I’m letting everybody know now so Danny (Ainge) and the organization can try to get younger talent. I would love to come back, but they say once the Achilles is damaged it’s never the same. I don’t want to take that chance.”
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