Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 3:14 pm  |  108 responses

Video: Shaq Announces Retirement

The Big Fella’s NBA career is over.

Assuming this is real, it appears Shaquille O’Neal’s long and illustrious NBA career is finished.

(H/T: The Basketball Jones)

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  • TheBarberShop

    Shaq’s career will never end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    So long Shaq! You will definitely be missed.

  • http://slamonline.com henkenzo

    kenny got to gooo!
    ill need subtitles for inside the nba tho, when he is on, cant understand him….

  • Jose

    I just died a little inside and i don’t know if i will ever get it back. . . Go into the Broadcast booth Big Man

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    max please tell me u saw beverly hills bosh

  • http://sohh.com teamplayer65

    Shoulda retired last season. Thx for the years you gave us fans, Fatty. Sure gonna miss ya, you big goofy doofus.

  • http://sohh.com teamplayer65

    Now that he has all this free time, I hope he films the long awaited sequel to Kazaam.

  • Ovachicken

    The Big man of big men. RESPECT !

  • Tyrant56

    Go to espn u’ll still be rollin in dough. BOOK IT!

  • JTaylor21

    The most dominant player of the post MJ era along with TD.

  • doyouwantmore

    Even though you were essentially just a mercenary with no one real team, you will always be a Laker to me, which is not a good thing. Congratulations on being the second greatest big man of your era, Shaq. Go SPURS!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    For the majority of the kids around here that only knew Shaq from his days in Phoenix and Boston and his last bit of relevance in Miami, do the research. Read some old archive material about the dude in his prime. Catch as much Youtube sh*t as you can. Shaq from 1993 to 2005 (with a little sprinkling of 2006 too)was a force of nature. Destructive in his beauty. A winner to the highest degree. Yeah, he was lazy. Yes, he was an awful free-throw shooter. But….he was dominant. An offensive beast. Would rebound handily when challenged. Was a slick passer for a guy his size. Had a great, natural feel for the game. He made All-Star games bearable. He altered the rulebook. He was….an ICON. And he will be sorely missed by those who remember what The Diesel was like…..not just old Shaq. Enjoy the rest of your days Big Fella and thanks for helping to make the Heat matter too.

  • r2j

    Shaq will be missed but IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!

  • retrobat

    I agree w/you Eboy, but his departure from the Magic still leaves me a little bitter to this day. We were so close…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Lebron wasn’t the first.


    lool at the 2 comments

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    One of the best players to ever play the game of basketball. It was a great run, big fella. Enjoy your time off.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Co-sign E to the fullest.
    I still remember rooting for those Magic teams on the low when When MJ was busy playing baseball. The Bulls were still my heart and soul, but the Magic with Shaq, Penny, Dennis Scott, Horace Grant and Nick Anderson were sentimental favorites.
    I remember spending the summer of 2000 at my uncle’s home in LA, and watching the finals with my hardcore Lakers fan cousin when the Lakers with Shaq won it all.
    I remember when he was traded to Miami, thinking at the time that was the most lop-sided trade ever.
    I remember hating Shaq for like a week cause he almost punched Brad Miller’s head off.
    So many memories. I’ma miss dude.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Good post Eboy, couldn’t agree more. I started following the NBA in’92, his first season, breaking the backboards in Phoenix and NJ as a rook, the Reebok commercial with Cap, Walton, Russell and Wilt was one of my favorites. Ah man, the last player of “my generation”… I’m old.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Damn…this one hurts. One of my favorite players to watch in my lifetime. He was truely a dominating force. Cosign Eboy btw.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    So which teams will retire his jersey?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Spit hot fiyah : yeah I saw it, bosh bosh ba ba ba ba bosh bosh bosh :D GREAT man ;)
    Also Eboy i’m from 1994 and I know Shaq is the most dominant player ever, his highschool footage is amazing, and ofcourse the finals vs hakeem and the hard ass dunks when he was with the Lakers..
    Is he going to be an analyst on tnt?

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve84

    Just get this man in a broadcast booth/half-time show.

  • Jose

    @Rigo: All of them should, haha, LA definitely will, Miami to i feel would be one to do so, Orlando is a question

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    Agree with Eboy. Started following the NBA just before Shaq came in. What a force and dominant player. Enjoyed all 19 years of it. Thanks you SHAQ! Got me thinking about the alley on The Blazers. Thanks!

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    I will forever love Neon Bordeaux.

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Respect due to Shaq Fu. One of the most legendary big men ever, his dominance and natural abilities were game changing. From his backboard breaking days in Orlando, to his social media charisma 20 years later. A true winner, SLAM said it best: Most Dominant Ever.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I hope he makes an album of diss tracks. I read almost every book you (and all your ghost writers) wrote when I was in High School. You were the reason AI went ring less, amid countless others. The Big Retirement.

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    Dammit, Im not Tracy! Anyways, onto the topic at hand. Shaq (in his prime, mind you) was the most DOMINANT player ever. I didn’t say the best, the most athletic, the most skilled, I said the most dominant player ever.

  • http://slamonline.com Ghost

    Thanks for the memories big fella.


    Buena suerte y vaya con Dios Shaq. So many memories: tearing down rims n Phoenix and New Jersey, him and Van Excel hooking up for ally-oops, the dunk on Cato, Game 7 dunk on my Blazers, destroyin Philly n the Finals. And the list goes on….Mos def will b missed

  • http://www.arbys.com LilKDub503

    I’m glad I was conscious of basketball in his Laker days. Dang, man. I’m glad he’s retired too…it was his time to go. I think it really was last year. But eventually, you just gotta hang em up. Lol at person who said we’ll need some subtitles when he’s on TV.

  • Khalid Salaam

    There wil never ever another. The platinum standard.


    Un animal y una bestia!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Man I grew up on the Lakers with Shaq & Kobe. I’ll miss his dominance greatly.(He should become a broadcaster. Maybe TNT? I’d love to see a Shaq/Sir Charles argument. I already seen a fight between those two lol)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    “You know I don’t speak Spanish”

  • Overtime

    Legendary doesnt begin to describe it.
    The stats, the awards, the winning, the unrivalled title of putting more smiles on fans faces than anyone in nearly twenty years.
    MDE indeed

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @ HAMMER the elbows in Motumbo’s face!
    But There was just one player named BEN WALLACE who could kind of stop him, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmJI2ikhPoY
    Shaq wasn’t in his prime anymore, but they had some nice fights when Shaq was still a Laker.

  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    The most dominant force of the past 15 years. SALUTE.

  • Eddie1

    In 2023 Shaq goes off the deep end. He was always a moody unpredictable guy (according to Tex Winters). Holla city of squalor. Eddie, 2024.

  • larrylegend

    co-sign E & Gerard


    “Another one (star from the 90′s) bites the dust” like Queen. Makin me feel old. Damn!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Damn I shoulda blocked Kobe’s name out, that would’ve made more sense.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    Shaq will be missed. He dominated play on the court and life off it. His personality is too big to be a halftime/post game analyst. Shaq needs his own show, like an Inside Stuff kind of thing. Or maybe he can go on a Shaq VS. world tour.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Shaq was the last member of the 92′ draft class left in the league. And in a way he finished his career as underrated by the average fan. Too much moving around and posturing without production for the short-term memory/very young fans to look passed.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Underrated how? SLAM, a young people’s magazine, put him as number 4 all time, right? And I don’t remember too many younger SLAM readers getting upset. It was mostly the older people who were bothered.
    Dude was a beast. I’m still mad at how the refs let him bully Mutombo in that 2001 Finals. He didn’t need that sort of leeway. He so bad he made cats actively avoid trying to guard him (Webber and Rasheed).

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Physically, the most dominant center who’s ever lived.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Underrated by the young generation for sure. I had to talk to a group of little freshmen in HS at the gym last week talking about how Dwight Howard is already better then Shaq was. ANd how Kobe was the real best player on that team. — Then I heard my little cousin talking about how Shaq played against nobody in his league physically, and that’s why he won, not because he was “very good.” I’m telling you, people underrate shaq. Which is why I said average fan. — The writers here at slam are not average fans, they are well versed in basketball history, and don’t have the dreaded goldfish syndrome that seems to plague so many sports fans memories.

  • http://no Martin

    Šekica svaka ti dala! Uzivaj u mirovini i dodi sto prije na mjesto komentatora!
    Peace man! Enjoy in retirament! You are the be(a)st center for me!!!
    Come to Croatia and play for Cibona! :)

  • flipnoyce

    cosign Eboy@3:37, This dude got moves that couldn’t be stop in his prime.Specially the Shaq Attack spin moves! Could of probably got 6 or 7 rings if IT wasn’t for ball hog 8. The Most Dominant BIG MAN in my era for sure!!! Born in 81!

  • JTaylor21

    The only problem I have is why Shaq decided that this was the right time to announce his retirement. I mean he had to do it during the NBA finals? I remember a couple years ago, A-Rod was taken behind the woodshed by the media and fans for announcing he was opting out of his contract during the World Series. He was heavily criticized and everyone claimed he was trying to steal the spotlight from the series but Shaq does the same thing and everyone’s praising him. Talk about a double standard.

  • robb

    @nbk tell your cousin how Hakeem Olajuwon whopped his @ss in 1994′s finals.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Robb I am aware of everything major in the NBA since atleast 1990, don’t worry my cousin is no longer an ignorant little idiot. he’s just an idiot

  • fruizm

    haha hes so sick….after hes done talking, the camera shows the window…and it appears to me it is a big lake outside shaqs house!!

  • robb

    @nbk tell your cousin how Hakeem Olajuwon whopped his @ss in 1995′s finals.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Damn, if you guys “grew up” on Shaq, I’m too f^kin old to be hanging out here. Good luck, Big. Enjoy your retirement. Will be looking out for your next move.

  • ripslam

    Good for him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You and Eboy are old as dirt Cheryl. I thought that was established a while back.

  • Halo

    The Brett Favre of basketball

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    Everyone is talking about Shaq’s haydays. You know the thing that impressed me most about Shaq? 19-years in the NBA, contributing in all of them. I don’t know about everyone else, I figured he’d be gone half a decade ago. Dude’s a warrior and deserves all the recognition he got.

  • Khalid Salaam

    btw, Dream didn’t exactly whoop anything. Shaq’s averages for the series–
    28 (59.5% shooting), 12.5 rebounds, and 6. Shaq gave him a fair one even at Dreams peak….. Another oft-forgotten Shaq fact–three-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team member (1999-00, 2000-01 and 2002-03…do the knowledge fakers

  • Stainless

    saddest news of the day, but jay triano isn’t going to be head coach of the raps so i guess its all good.

  • SikhWitIt

    Now he can get rid of “that other guy” on “Inside the NBA.” Thanks for the memories big fella; I feel sorry for these young guys who never got to see Orlando/L.A. Shaq. The Golden Days will officially be over when J. Kidd retires.


    Did somebody seriously just bring A-Rod n2 this convo? Haha! F√¢k A-Rod. Mark Whalberg shoulda shot him. Haha!

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    Most Dominant Entertainer. Shaq4ever.

  • S_kemp

    An absolute monster and one of the best things to ever happen to the NBA- Stern should give him a 500million golden handshake…look after yourself big guy stay away from the donuts!!!

  • shuref00t

    Damn, time flies! I remember watching Shaq getting drafted out of LSU. His was the first NBA jersey I ever had. He’ll definitely be missed.

  • fizzbucket

    Thanks for 19 great years, big fella.

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    Shaq’s retirement=The day we never wanted to see happen,but the day we knew would happen sooner rather then later. Real talk though, Y’all gotta do a Shaq commemorative cover with his best moments, player opinions, etc. The NBA lost it’s greatest entertainer.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Ha, a coworker of mine just said Shaq’s retiring, so the Celtics are gonna go get Dwight Howard.

  • Vince5


  • Double J

    anybody else been out to nba.com and seen their shaq pole? who the hell thinks shaq is not in the top 5? 24% of them polling idiots thinks he’s no better than top 10… who better than shaq at center? Wilt, Russell, Kareem… ?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    So long, little warrior.
    You will be missed.

  • add

    it’s always sad to see one of the GOATs retire but he had one of the best careers and established himself as one of the best centers of all time

  • DRob

    If Shaq played in any other era of NBA basketball, he would be dominant. If he played during Wilt’s time, when Big Men were by default no. 1 on offense; and guards(point or shooting) were obligated to dish to Big man on almost every possession….Shaq would be considered as the Best Basketball Player of all time….you think guys before or after Shaq’s time could handle him…make em all look like CHumps…

    Ppl are searching for the next Jordan…forget that, I want the next Shaq!!!

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    The worst part is that he stayed around long enough for people to forget how great he was. That he stayed around long enough for a guy with 65% of his ability to steal his nickname. This was Dwight Howard’s best season and it wasn’t even as good as Shaq’s rookie season, individually. Respect.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I hope Shaq goes the “Dream” route and gives lessons to aspiring young Cs. Maybe he could teach Dwight how to really be Superman.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Shaq had a good career, but people acting like he was a force of nature for a long time are kidding themselve. Yes he was the leader of the Lakers and won three straight rings with Kobe, but before his first ring he flamed out alot and after his last ring as a Laker he flamed out alot. I personally feel his career was way way lower than what it should have been if he concentrated on working out and not waiting till company time to get himself back in shape. I truly feel he costed himself three rings with the Lakers, because of him not staying in shape. People can come up here and hype him up, yes he had a great personality with people on his team, but to only have three and half rings and 1 MVP, and yall call him a force of nature is ludicrous. Also people forget yes he dominated the NBA Finals, because the East had no centers to guard him, so he looked awesome, but please watch the West Finals each year to get to the NBA finals and it is a different story. He is a great player and is behind Russell, Kareem, Wilt and Hakeem on my list of all time centers. If only Shaq was dedicated to his game as he was to making movies like Kazaam. Shaq underachieved in his career and anyone who states he did not are a prisoner of the moment. Shaq stayed to long playing for wack franchises like the Suns, Cavs, Heat and Celtics to chase rings and should have just stayed on the Lakers collected some more rings and became Kobe’s co partner. Sounds more like the BIG DUMMY to me. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Come on Seed. I’m a big Kobe fan too, but you’re taking it a little too far. Shaq is Top-10 all-time player; one of the greatest Centers to ever play. That doesn’t look like overachieving to me.

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Chris_Griff_3

    My only response is that both Kareem and Russell were lucky to play when they played, because The Diesel would have dominated both of them. Wilt, too.

    Kareem was taking L’s (and getting swept) every time he played Bill Walton’s Portland team or Moses Malone’s Rockets team. There was a reason he never won a Championship as a Laker until Magic Johnson came along, and even after Magic’s rookie year when a Kareem Lakers team finally won, they still got swept the next year by Malone’s Rockets. Hakeem single-handedly took two Rockets teams to back-to-back Finals, taking home Finals MVP honors each time. Kareem also has 2 Finals MVP awards, his first was with the Bucks in 1970. He never even reached the Finals again until he played next to Magic, who earned 3 Finals MVP awards (James Worthy earned the other). Just a history lesson, mostly for Omar, since he wanted the facts.

    Also, for one of Kareem’s MVP seasons, his Lakers team didn’t even make the Playoffs. I don’t recall Shaq in his prime ever missing the Playoffs.

    Regardless, I’d take Shaq over anybody not named Michael Jordan. Thanks for the career Big Fella. You’re the Rodney Dangerfield of basketball, still get no respect.

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  • madterps

    @Khalid Salaam Sweeping the Orlando Magic out of the NBA Finals say otherwise. We’ll all miss the antics of Shaq, but imagine if Shaq actually practiced his free-throws? He’d probably be 2nd in term of points to Kareem.

  • buzzkut

    The notion that Shaq would have dominated Bill Russell is actually laughable.


    best of luck shaq you were truly the most dominant big man of your generation

  • Jake

    Shaq would have dominated russell. He has 6 inches and 80 lbs on him easily.

  • Heals

    I was hopin he would give it 1 more run. Other than the championship in 08′, the first half of this years Celtics season was as entertaining on and off the court as any I’ve seen. I would’a had no problem being hostage to another season of “wait n’ see” because there was always an unique energy when the Big Fella was in the building…

  • Yesse

    Can’t believe he has retired. Feels like something is missing from the league right now.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign Jose @3:20.. Shaq was a huge influence to me in my early teenage years (his early years with Orlando). I had his jersey (which I wore about 3 times a week) had the shoes with the pumps, and always lowered my hoop to about 8.5 feet so I could try to dunk like him (tear that effing rim off). Though I am a Laker hater for life, Shaq was no exception, but once he got out of L.A., found it VERY hard to dislike him.. Thank you for a brilliant career Diesel!!!!

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    The only NBA I’ve ever known has Shaq in it. Gonna miss him.

  • Towelie

    The Seed: why hasn’t your mother swallowed you yet????

  • JD

    this guy was perhaps the greatest active player in terms of career, gonna miss you shaq, hope we’ll still get some nicknames and opinions of him in the future, he was the first nba player i’d heard of after michael jordan.

  • mj23

    nice place shaq

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    I too grew up on Shaq and how he dominated hasn’t been seen since. Those who are basing judgement on stats or highlight videos won’t get it…when this guy was on form he was more unstoppable and game-changing that any other play I’ve ever seen.

  • http://slamonline.com GlobeTrotter

    Thanks for the memories…

  • Mike From Spain

    I also think that for the gifts he had, Shaq underachieved… if he’d kept a better shape, or worked more on his free throws he’d probably got his 5th and 6th ring. I am not sure if it was the best for him to play in fast-paced Suns. In any case, perhaps the best big man of his generation. And I’ll never forget his dance with the Jabbawoockeez in the All Star game :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^^ The suns fixed his career, they have wonder doctors.

  • Hambone

    Superman 1.0

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    yo Slam give us a Throwback Thursday of the record “Im Outstanding”……classic golden era ish

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    peace and love Shaq, God bless

  • Eddie1

    Damn earlier this year we lost Kobe. Now Shaq. damn.

  • Eddie1

    hopefully big aristotle gonna be doing it big with kenny and charles on inside the NBA. His talents would be wasted on that ESPN show with Wilbon and Magic.

  • zp

    Superman is the bomb. He was the hause of the nba.GO SHAQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    When Shaq went to Miami Lobe Tryant (The Tyrant) couldn’t win a ring then. Kobesexuals Tell Me How My A$$ Ta$te$ !!!!!!!


    Shaq was a dominant period. No ish, when Shaq and Kobe were at their best playing together (2001 Playoffs), they were arguably the best one two punch ever. Unstoppable.

  • tom

    thanks, shaq!

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    @The Seed 11:18pm, Cmon people are spoiled when they believe a generation-type player should have 5+ rings, getting 1 is difficult in itself, but getting 4 and being a catalyst in every single one is a damn good career and that’s an excellent resume to have.


    @AQWORD: Seek therapy, or get a new therapist. Make it happen.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Shaq was the reason my man Allen Iverson didn’t get his ring in ’01. Still, I salute the big man and although No. 4 all time (SLAM’s ranking) is way too high, the dominance at his peak was plain silly.