Friday, June 3rd, 2011 at 3:57 pm  |  46 responses

Shaquille O’Neal Makes Retirement Official

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

Earlier today, Shaquille O’Neal returned to where it all began, to officially announce that it was all over. From his home in Orlando, Shaq stepped away from the game that he has dominated for the last 19 years. His days of striking fear in opponents and tearing down backboards, brought to an unfortunate end by a series of injuries.

With a Superman logo visible in the side of the room, the man who had become a superhero to many, carried out the press conference in his typical jovial manner.

From NBA.com:

“‘I’ve always heard the most dominant two players were Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal. So, Wilts at 31 thousand and I’m at, ya know, 28 thousand. So if I had a 100 points fewer than him then I would come back to pass him up and then that would put me at the most dominant player in the world. But I’m about three years away, so I just have to remain at number five for now.’

Me and my father were joking the other day and I was like, “Dad I’m retiring” …and he was like, “You dummy, if you had hit them free throws like I taught you how to shoot them you would have had 30 thousand points.”

Though Shaq first announced his retirement two days ago through a video posted to Twitter, many doubted whether or not it was true. With today’s press conference officially cementing the fact that the NBA has indeed lost one of its biggest personalities, Shaq made it clear he would not be absent for long, stating that he plans on continuing to entertain the public for the next 19 years.

As the NBA embraces a new generation of talent, today should serve as a remembrance and celebration of all that The Big Aristotle gave to the game; fifteen All-Star selections, four rings, and three NBA finals MVP awards. Not to mention countless highlights, quotes and moments of drama.

So whether you choose to bump Shaq Diesel on the stereo, watch Kazaam or play some Shaq Fu, let us remember the glory of the League under the reign of Superman.

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

    Damn, sad to see him go.

  • robb

    I can’t wait to see Shaq as a TV analyst. He’s gonna be funny as hell.

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

    So long Shaq! You will live forever in our memories. (Go To TNT!)

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    If Shaq takes an analyst job, i bet half of the game will be him just giving everyone nicknames. Wonder if they’ll let him do Laker games…

  • tRay

    Replace Kenny Smith with THE DIESEL!!!

  • LeBron de Con

    RuPaul sends his respects.

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

    As a player you didn’t live up to your potential, but you were definitely the most entertaining figure the league has ever seen. After Rodman off-course. Your size merit based sense of entitlement has caused me to unfavorably compare you to the real greats in the sport.
    Walt Bellamy and Nate Thurmond had more rebounds than you in much less games.
    Now go and get a real job…with TNT…they need to replace Kevin McHale
    Thanks for all the laughs and the Orlando highlights which were out off this world.

  • Dagger

    Lifespans in professional sports are so short. It seems like it was just yesterday that he was devouring the NBA and owning the title year after year. Maybe it’s morbid, but there’s something about the brevity of an NBA career – even one as relatively long as Shaq’s – that makes you think of mortality. Anyway, looking forward to seeing him as an analyst, although I guess he’s already been one for a couple years, anyway.

  • JoeMaMa

    @Dutch Rich: I also hope to not live up to my potential the way Shaq hasn’t.

  • ripslam

    Shaq Fu was the worst. Video game. Ever. That said, thanks for 19 great years Shaq. Too many funny times to count.

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

    @JoeMaMa: I’ll let madskillz respond to that but you’ll have to wait till Jan 1st.

  • JD

    WILL MISS YOU SHAQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    T.R.O.Y. Thanx 4 everything u gave 2 the game Shaq.

  • SchW

    stay positive big fella

  • Stillballin

    I will miss shaq…. NBA will miss you..

  • Exile

    It was a good press conference. Shaq is one of a kind. All the best!

  • http://Supremenyc.com Waylonakolipse

    It’ll be another 30 years before we see another player like Shaq.

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

    The whole “live up to potential” talk is such a joke. Just enjoy a player for what they gave to the game. I’m with JoeMama, any person would love to NOT live up to their potential in their profession the way Shaq has in his. The end of an era and he will be missed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    @Dutch Rich…someone should slap you for making such a ridiculous statement. I was at the Nets game where Shaq ripped down the entire basket. Thanks for the memories big guy!!!!!!

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

    How did Shaq not live up to his potential??

  • Jose

    well they dont even have to let kenny go now that McHale is in H-town.lol

  • Yesse

    The other guy on TNT is on a hot seat.


    Shaq and The Glove on NBA TV would be fun.

  • angus


  • Heals

    @DFrance, I totally agree. What potential he won 4 titles in 6 tries and was MVP 3 times. The whole rebounding argument made against him is lacking merit. He always avg. 10+, on offense he usually took the shot (less chances and Offensive boards), and guys like Rodman and B.Wallace were puttin up crazy numbers cause that was their main focus (so no rebounding titles)…
    @Jose and IAM, things look good for that combo reuniting on TV…

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    @ Ripslam- Worst game ever?? Have you not played E.T. on Atari??

  • James AKA…

    Agreed, ET on atari is the worst thing ever programmed.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He didn’t live to his potential, instead of him joking around all the time and being the black big fat funny man. He should have been working on his free throw shooting and staying in shape, especially not on company time. He did not live to his potential and everyone act like his career was so great, lets relive it. He played very well for three years and yes he was unstoppable those years, but after that and before that, he was a highlight machine that couldn’t win in Orlando, with Lakers until Kobe became great and Foul Gate with Wade shooting 20 free throws a game, gave him 4 rings. He should have ended his career with 3 rings and people want to call him the most dominate player ever at the center position. Bull crap. I take Hakeem over him anyday. So Shaq is on my list after Russell, Wilt, Kareem, Hakeem then Shaq. He only got 3 and a 1/2 rings and is most dominate player ever. Full of Crap-LOL. Kobe career is better than Shaq, Tim Duncan career is better than Shaq and Lebron and Wade career might end up better than Shaq. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Also all the ESPN analyst in articles stated Shaq did not live up to his potential and they saw him play live and know the NBA, not people like us who judge people because of three years. Shaq had a 19 year career people. I am happy the this cat, who never dedicated himself to the game is gone. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    wow. now that’s what i call a hater.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    by the way, during the lakers’ threepeat, shaq averaged 35.9 pts, 15.2 rebs, and 2.9 blocks while shooting 60%. that’s over the course of 15 games.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hate, hate, hate… it lives in these here comments section.

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    @The Seed…learn how to write English then get back to us. Jealousy is a female trait

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

    Seed, please just stop. You’re simply embarrassing yourself.

  • flippity

    @Dutch Rich…You don’t make any sense. 4 rings says he reached his potential.

  • flippity

    @The Seed…put down the crack pipe.

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    The Seed: Uh, just so you know, you can be fifth on the all-time center list and still be in the top-10 in an all-time PLAYER list.

  • Harlem_World

    Thanks for everything Shaq. You were the most dominant big man of your era and top 5 all time Center. Top 5 in terms of overall ability, but number 1 in terms of overall charisma. Don’t underestimate or look down on Shaq’s off court persona – it helped the NBA in ways only MJ, Magic and Larry have surpassed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Gonna miss the Big Aristotle. M.D.E.

  • Heals

    @Lightsout, thanks for posting those stats for “The Seed,” unfortunately his stupidity has sprouted in full effect…

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

    The Seed, WOW.

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens

    @TheSeed yeah, Kobe won those 3 rings with the Lakers. Get real, dude. Shaq dominated the Playoffs. Dominated the Finals like not even Mike could. Dude was one of the greatest.

  • RyandC

    Wow TheSeed thats a lotta hate you got there. I was a big Shaq fan when he was with Orlando and LA and hated that he couldnt stay with the Lakers but I still sercretly rooted for him whenever he turned back the clock. I agree he didnt reach his potential…but thats because of how great he couldve been as great as he already was. Think of what potential means people… How many titles could he have won in Orlando with that Magic team? How many more titles could he have won with LA? And every team he moved on to (except maybe PHX) could have won a title. He possibly could have at least 7 or 8 rings…thats his potential. But he didnt meet it did he. But yeah 4 rings is still deserving of respect.

  • flippity

    Potential is a funny thing. When you look at Shaq, there’s a lotta “sholda, woulda, coulda.” Way too many variables because you can’t win a championship by yourself.

    When I think of someone not meeting potential, I think of someone like Derrick Coleman.

    Picking on Shaq because you think he should have won 8 rings sounds crazy to me. We could say the same for David Robinson because he only won 2.

    The thing is there are lots of players who had amazing careers who haven’t won one, so I think saying someone who starts criticizing on someone as accomplished as Shaq sounds trollish.

  • flippity

    …so I think someone who starts criticizing on someone as accomplished as Shaq sounds trollish.

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

    Its funny tho, I see A LOT of people saying that about Shaq. Its ridiculous to me.