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Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at 10:00 am  |  84 responses

Miami Media Calling for Shaq’s Retirement

It was only three shorts seasons ago when Shaq triumphantly swooped into Miami and completely took over the town. Seems like ages ago now, doesn’t it?

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  • Milan

    It does seem a long time ago. And as long as the Heat have that huge contract of his on their books, they are stuck, it’s like a huge anchor dragging them down.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Just for clarification, I said that he would retire willingly back in July at the end of this season, but of course, I don’t get paid for my knowledge.

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    Hilarious. The Miami media have as much loyalty as the GM. Shaq’s not retiring yet.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I can’t see him walking away from 40 million. A buy out as a compromise, now that I can see.

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    Miami can’t buy him out. Not for him to have a 22 and 10, 70 game year and a title with someone else for the veterans minimum. Don’t push the Big Chipondashoulda to do something great out of spite.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    22 and 10? 70 games? If Shaq can possibly do that, d.Y., then why doesn’t he do that for the Heat? Why doesn’t he throw out his contract and sign for the veterans minimum for the Heat? Even if he “can” do the seemingly impossible tasks you’ve put before him, it would STILL be beneficial for the Heat to buy him out. That’s 20 million a YEAR that they can spend on free agents, d.Y. Cause all those stats you mentioned? He ain’t doing it for the Heat.

  • maio

    I don’t think Shaq has ever shown enough passion to do something out of spite on the floor. He might bring out a rap album and dis someone, though.

  • Dan

    I think it all depends on how he plays for the remainder of the season. That is, he strikes me as the type to know when to hang up the sneakers. If he puts up halfway decent numbers over the next 41, then I could see him sticking around for a while longer.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Dan, that makes no sense! That’s 20 million dollars! You can get three semi-decent role players who will put up greater than Shaq’s numbers (not hard) but that’s three guys spread out on the floor compared to one! So shouldn’t THAT be the knowledge that Shaq should see so he can hang up his sneaker?

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    I feel like I’m going to be responding a lot in this thread.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m surprised the Miami medis aren’t calling for his euthanasia.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    *media

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Shaq is about to get taken to the cleaners in his divorce. Hes gonna want all the money he can get. What he might want for a buyout might be more than its worth, cause doesnt that stay on the cap anyway?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    The youth in Asia tend to be uppity.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I thought they had a prenup, Max. Shaunie won’t get what Juanita got, not even close.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    What about all those kids?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They could trade him to the Knicks for David Lee, Renaldo Balkman, Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler, Randolph Morris, Mardy Collins, Jamal Crawford and Malik Rose. It works under the cap, I checked.

  • Dan

    Hmmmm Jukai, let’s analyze the situation. Considering I don’t know what you mean by “shouldn’t THAT be the knowledge that Shaq should see so he can hang up his sneaker”, I will just go with it. It is Shaq’s decision as to whether he should retire or not, therefore the $40 million is his to gain or give up. Looking at the fact that he is not one of the Miami brass he does not give a sh!t as to whether or not the team could sign three other players for his salary. But, what I am saying is that he seems as though he is the type to know whether he has passed his expiry date or not. Therefore, he will retire if he feels as though he is ready. And it is the Heat’s fault for giving him the contract in the first place! Reap what you sew.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    I dunno, Cheryl. Last I heard, Shaunie throughout the marriage was signing things in her name instead of Shaqs, so she could walk away with a helluva lot more money than you think.

  • peteb80

    Those b*tches knew what they were getting in Shaq, they were mighty proud to have him and they used him to their benefit (ticket sales, jerseys, that fake a$$ championship etc.). This was all made possible by the contract extension they gave him. And now that it’s not working anymore it’s suddenly all his fault and he should walk away from the money (which made his stay in Miami possible in the first place)?

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    He’ll pay child support, gladly. But she certainly won’t get half. And it wouldn’t surprise me to hear about a reconciliation. Perhaps he should step away to work on that.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    How about Shaq to the Hawks for Josh Childress, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, Zaza Pachulia, Al Horford and Lorenzen Wright? That works under the cap, too.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Dan, Shaq’s sour milk. The guy leads the league in only one thing right now, body weight. He’s gotta go.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Dam, Russ. When you put it like that, his salary equals a whole starting five. It’s shocking to think of it like that. But we did get a great parade down Biscayne out of it, though.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    NO WAIT, I’VE GOT IT. Last proposal, honest. And it too works under the cap: Shaq to Portland for Greg Oden, Martell Webster, Travis Outlaw, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jarrett Jack, Channing Frye and Brandon Roy.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Memphis may be a good trade. Shaq for Mike Miller, Rudy Gay, Hakim Warrick, Darko Milicic, Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry works out too.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I’d rather have the six Hawks then the eight Knicks that Russ listed……translated: the Knicks still suck, too.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    That last one is hilarious considering that the two teams were on 13 game win and loss streaks respectively.

  • Dan

    Well it’s his choice. If they buy him out he’s still on the books for 2 more seasons.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That Portland deal could totally happen. I’m calling Henry Abbott.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    They can agree to buy him out for less than he’s worth, ie ten million a season. I’m sure Shaq will be crying about his financial loss in his 18 million dollar mansion.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Alright guys, let’s talk about HAPPIER things. Who in the 2008 draft will benefit the Heat the most… you know, since they can practically choose anyone.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    And I’d rahter have Russ’s Blazers than Jukai’s Grizzlies. And you guys do realize you’re talking about a 36 year old player at the end of his career. It’s not like he is expected to be a 30 and 20 guy……actually there are none of those anywhere, so please shut the fu*k up. The Heat made the commitment, they won the only chnmpionship in the history of the franchise with the benefit of his presence and they are now in the downturn before rebuilding occurs. It was going to happen sooner or not too much later, so the quicker the better in my book. And pete, get over the fake a*s championship, it’s not flattering and makes you out to be bit*hy like a jilted lover.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    All I know is that Mitch Kupchak is a goddamn genius.

  • peteb80

    I’m sorry, I’ll have to bring it up as long as you’re proud of it.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Puhleeeeeze, Russ. If he was a “genius” Caron Butler would still be in L.A.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Except for that.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    who cares. Shaq will leave when Shaq wants.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    I think that move was enough to taint his legacy forever.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    See pete, still bitc*y. It’s allright, I understand. I’ll call you tomorrow. I promise.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    Where do you guys find out what salaries players are on?

  • Dan

    go to basketball-reference.com

  • http://slamonline.com/online/2007/10/game-notes-boston-and-minnesota-at-london/ Keith

    ah, good skills…thanks Dan.

  • Dan

    No problem, Keith.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    I am calling for Shaq to get Cut Copied and Pasted to the CHA

  • Captain America

    Forgetaboutit! Shaq daddy ain’t goin’ no wheres but will continue to collect $20m/yr in 2007/08, 2008/09, and 2009/10. Not bad for a gimpy old center, heh?

  • Captain America

    Everybody either gets older or dies. The Celtics Big 3.2 will be like Shaq in a few years, getting paid major $$$ as their performance declines.

  • Captain America

    BETCATS, don’t sink a flourishing CHA with an aging, gimpy center @ $20m/yr.

  • Dan

    Good point, Captain. He would, in all actuality, make the ‘Cats worse.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I was waiting for the good ol’ Captain America rant against the Celtics. Because, you know, all those guys are so similar to Shaq. If Shaq had a TENTH of KG’s dedication, none of this would even be an issue.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Russ and his underdog love again, love that.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Oh, that’s right, Shaq always reported to camp in shape after spending the summer working on his weaknesses, my bad.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    He actually did work on his weaknesses during the summer. Its not like he could make movies during the regular season…

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Another rap album?

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    The one two punch from Bile and Hate. I like this. It feels like the summer. I love you guys.

  • http://www.mitchpapineau.com Paps

    Let Shaq do whatever the f he wants. He’s earned it. F the media who think they have a nice little story to write about.

  • Hassan

    From what i’ve seen of Shaq this season he actually puts up quite nice numbers, when given enough playing time.
    The problem with Miami is not Shaq but Riles, who, IMO, is tanking them on purpose.
    Also, how often this season has DWade willed the Heat to victory? Compared to LeBron, who seems to do it on a nightly basis with the Cavs. Dwayne’s way overrated

  • KobeStopper

    Why’s everybody calling for his head? First of all he brought a championship to the city of Miami, which is pretty much invaluable. How many teams spent ridiculous amounts of money season after season but still don’t manage to win a thing?

    Secondly, this is the NBA we’re talking about. It’s not like players falling off and still getting paid is something new. How much is Theo Ratliff making this year? 2 seasons ago Dikembe Mutombo was making like $16 million a year to play 10 mins a game behind Yao (on basketball reference it shows that he only made $4 mil that year but I remember reading that season that the Rockets were somehow paying him salary that his old team owed him as a condition of a trade). Players being overpaid in the NBA is not a new phenomenon

  • Captain America

    Russ, with all due respect, age becomes us all. If KG determination was THE factor, the NBA would be filled with geriatric patents. Can you realistically argue that KG’s, PP’s, and Ray’s best individual performance years are ahead of them? Yet they will be under huge contracts (representative of their apex) for years to come.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Wait, the TNT games tonight are Spurs/Heat and Warriors/Nets? Seriously? Someone better take Chuck’s belt and shoelaces.
    CA: Obviously they’ll decline at some point. But probably not as sharply as Shaq has.

  • http://lovemonster.com Jukai

    Their contracts are going to expire before they get Shaq-bad, Captain America.

  • Captain America

    Given the reliance on the Big 3.2, diminishing returns vis-a-vis contract years, will deliver a serious blow. Imagine the Celtics with 10 points less per game. How many wins?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Bulls had Jordan, Pippen and Rodman when they were all pretty old. Man, it killed them, didn’t it?

  • http://lovemonster.com Jukai

    Captain America doesn’t seem to understand that players can play and excel past 29.

  • http://lovemonster.com Jukai

    Also, you’re assuming there wont be players replacing the Big 3.2, Captain America. They may not be winning championship after championship if Ray Allen goes to another team, but I’m sure they’ll still be strong.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    You guys are hilarious.

  • lane

    She will get half — even with a prenup — 1/2 /of everything he made since the day they got married and he signed that heat contract after that wedding didn’t he?

  • ak47

    The last time Shaq was in top shape was 2000, the year he won his first championship and only MVP award. He hasn’t been in shape ever since. This was one of the things that caused friction between him and Kobe. Kobe would bust his ass in the off season while Shaq would sit on his ass and get fat. So why are we all surprised now?

  • Timmyd

    Damn, it amazes me how quick people are to jump off a bandwagon. One minute they love you, the next minute they are telling you when you need to retire. I like Shaq and if he feels that he has two more years in him, then so be it. While there are some up and coming big men in the game, they all have one thing in commen…they are all boring as hell. Shaq has always brought charisma that matches his larger then life presence….although it does seem like that due to stress in his personal and professional life that the charisma and “SHAQ-isms” has died down….how unfortunate. When he does retire he will certainly leave a huge void left to be filled.

  • ak47

    Timmyd,
    A lot of us weren’t on the Miami bandwagon. For the record, I’m a Pistons fan. So you know I hate the Heat! I like Shaq too but I hate his ethic and also hate the fact that he left LA and the feud with him and Kobe unscathed. Because we all liked him we failed to realize that he had his faults and that he contributed to the end of the dynasty and should share some of that blame too, not just Kobe,Mitch and Jerry Buss. That’s all I’m saying.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    Hateful Miami fans and ungrateful media– Shut the F UP!

    Signed,

    Shaquille “I brought y’all punk asses from the bottom to the top” O’Neal

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    and now he’s bringing it from top to bottom! I guess we should call him the Big Full Circle.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    no you should call him franchise savior. Man i’ve been lurking on this blog for about an hour before i posted. you guys are terrible fans. dude brought you a championship and made your team a big dog nationally. before shaq got there nobody gave a F about the Heat. now you act like ungrateful rich kids. you suck.

  • James

    Amen Khalid

  • http://SLAMONLINE JONATHAN HELMICK

    SHAQ SHOULD ONLY RETIRE IF AND WHEN THE HEAT GET A CENTER TO TAKE THE JOB. BECAUSE WITH MOURNING OUT THEY DONT REALLY HAVE MUCH DEPTH IN THE BIG MAN POSTION SO I WOULD TRY TO DRAFT A BIG GUY LIKE DORSEY OUT OF MEMPHIS….

  • Reggie Evans

    I don’t think Shaq should retire, he has a lot more in him. Signed, Evander Holyfield

  • http://kayceonline.com/blog/category/basketball-related/ Kevin

    sigh.

  • Captain America

    Guyz, all three of the Big 3.2 are off their career averages. KG is 31 and 12 years in the league (MJ started falling off his career average starting in his 12th year too). KG is under contract through 2011/12.

  • Lamar

    JUST GO BACK TO THE LAKERS and come off the bench behind Andrew Bynum. nvm. kobe.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Shaq to the coalmines for two boulders and a tophat with a flashlight works too.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Shaq to the coalmines for two boulders and a tophat with a flashlight works too.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    twice as nice

  • ak47

    Khalid,
    Shaq did bring a championship to Miami and the fans of the Heat and the media should give him a little more respect. But Shaq should also give his fans a little more respect as well and get in shape every season!

  • Codi Rog

    Ak47 I agree with you. Shaq should get in shape. The rest of his teams has. 20 million a year and he can’t get a personal trainer. The sad thing is that his contract really holds his team back from improving in the next couple of seasons. Granted, the contract came with the reward of an NBA title, so both the deal and the trade that brought Shaq to Miami paid off. I’ll step out on a limb and say he about done. A hip injury for a man that size. Not a good thing.

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