01 June 2011

Shaquille O'Neal Retires

The most dominating center of the past two decades has announced that he is hanging his sneakers up. Shaquille O'Neal, after an illustrious nineteen year career in which he now finishes as the fifth leading scorer in NBA history as well as being one of the most colorful people in sports, has seen his great career come to a close. He is a first ballot Hall of Fame lock. Continue reading for some more perspective on ShaqFu.
O'Neal, ever since he came into the league after being drafted first overall in 1992 by the Orlando Magic, has been one of the biggest and most dominant players in sports. He used his massive girth to simply overwhelm opponents down in the paint to score buckets or crash the boards. O'Neal became a star in Orlando but he became a legend when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 1996. There he developed into the unstoppable force under the tutelage of Phil Jackson, and with another superstar named Kobe Bryant, O'Neal and the Lakers won three straight NBA titles. But as O'Neal's relationship with Bryant deteriorated, he requested a trade and was granted one to the Miami Heat in the summer of 2004. There, O'Neal teamed with another budding superstar in Dwayne Wade and won a fourth NBA championship in the 2005-06 season.
O'Neal was effective throughout the rest of his career but never was the dominant force in Phoenix, Cleveland, and Boston that he was earlier in his career. Regardless, he was still a feared player in the paint.
Besides his incredible skill and talent on the hardwood, O'Neal was known to be a man of money interests and other talents. He recorded five rap albums, with the first, Shaq Diesel, reaching platinum status. He acted in a variety of movies, such as Blue Chips, Steel, The Wash, Scary Movie 4 , and even won an Academy Award for his role in the legendary film Kazaam. O'Neal also had a prescense in reality television as well, starring in Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs. He even was a Miami Beach cop.
There is no question that we may never see one quite like Shaquille O'Neal and he will be sorely missed.
(By the way he really did not win an Academy Award for Kazaam, that movie was awful).

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