by Marcel Mutoni

As you’ve likely heard by now, Shaquille O’Neal recently told a television reporter exactly when he plans on hanging up his uniform. On Wednesday, Shaq said that in a little over two years from now, he’ll no longer be an NBA player.

From Central Florida News 13:

“My basketball career will be over in 735 days, and being an educated man, I’ve always had things to fall back on.”

“So one of my options is law enforcement. But if Jerry Demings is going to be the sheriff I would love to work for him,” O’Neal said.

Shaq’s math is more than a little off (by his calculations, he’d still be an employee of the Suns in September 2010), and it’s also impossible to know just how serious he was when he said this. Most Suns fans that I know hope he’ll call it quits well before the end of the 2010 season.

Whatever the case, you can bet that the countdown has officially begun in the Suns’ accounting office, where they’re preparing themselves to pay the veteran center (who is only 8-10 pounds heavier than the team would like him to be by opening night) more $50K per day until he’s off the books.

Via: (True Hoop)