This Article is About
nba
nba finals mvp
hurricane katrina
shaquille o neal
little known fact
media guru
time nba
nba all star
boston celtics
Shaq Is Retiring After 19 Seasons In The NBA
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Shaq Is Retiring After 19 Seasons In The NBA

The day of June 1st 2011 will be remembered as the day that one of the biggest names in sports called it quits. You read that right, Shaquille O'Neal, the man who won 4 NBA titles, is finally retiring. Shaq, who turned 39 back in March, made it official earlier this afternoon by streaming his retirement message on the internet via Tout.

Throughout his career Shaq made his mark in the NBA record books. He is fifth all-time on the NBA scoring list with 28,596 points and twelfth all time in rebounds, racking in a total of 13,099. He won the NBA Finals MVP award 3 years in a row from 2000-2003. He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year while playing with the Orlando Magic. He was also a 15-time NBA All-Star and the list can go on and on.

He was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court, but off the court was a different story. He is well known for his comedic genius and great dancing skills. He was known as one the league's greatest pranksters. He also gave himself a nickname for each of the cities that he played in; going by the name “Big Shaqtus” while in Phoenix playing for the Suns and most recently, “Big Shamroq” while playing for the Boston Celtics. He even tried his luck with acting and rapping (I will let you be the judge on how that turned out). He also has become somewhat of a social media guru. On Shaq's Twitter account alone, there are over 3.8 million followers! Another gem that Shaq is known for is his willingness to help others. Whether it is the over $1 million given to the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of America or his help given to those in need after Hurricane Katrina, Shaquille O'Neal is a gentle, kind and loving soul. Another little known fact is that he is also trained in self defense fighting. He knows fighting styles in boxing, Muy Thai, wrestling and jiu-jitsu.

His final season was not a memorable one due to nagging injuries. He hurt his right Achilles on Christmas Day and never quite recovered. He was only able to compete in 2 of the last 35 games of the regular season and only clocked 10 ½ minutes in the playoffs. But lucky for Shaq, players are not remembered for one bad season.

Shaq is destined for the NBA Hall of Fame and only time will tell when they will call his name from the podium. Only a brief overview of his astounding career is needed to see how deserving he his of making it into the Hall. The Los Angeles Lakers already plan to share their respect for him by retiring his number 34 jersey in the near future.

Whether you loved him or hated him, one thing is for sure; the NBA will never be the same now that Shaq has retired.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Has the NBA Gone Soft?
Do me a favor. Open up a new tab in your browser, type in "NBA Player" in Google and take a quick look. Alright, now what did you see? Did you see small, frail guys who look like walking breadsticks or did you see men who you don't want to…
By: wolho in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   May 24, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

The Jordan 6 Rings Championship Pack
The legend that is Michael Jordan ammased huge numbers in every statistical category that exists in the game of basketball. 32,292 is the amount of points Michael scored in his career. He was an NBA Finals MVP 6 times. He was an NBA regular season MVP 5 times. He participated…
By: Scott Oberholser in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   Oct 10, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Disaster Survival Preparation Foods And Supplies
You don't need to be a boy scout to always be prepared. As we have all seen in the past few years, a natural disaster or other type of event can completely render aid to a particular region helpless. In the events of a major earthquake, like what happened in…
By: Brad4 in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Dec 27, 2011  
1
  Likes: 2

Hurricane Season-2011
The 2011 Hurricane season is upon us, it runs from June 1st.. through November. The forecast for the Atlantic and Gulf coast is well above-average activity for the 2011 hurricane season. They are predicting 16 Named Storms, 9 Hurricanes and 5 Major Hurricanes. The states most likely to be affected…
By: JRG in  Reference and Education  >  Survival and Emergency   Jun 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

What Are Survival Skills And Do I Have Any?
In the world we live in now, people are so dependent on the system and technology that should a crisis occur the vast majority of folks would be in great trouble. Survival skills are nothing new and are basically the same techniques we as humans have used for thousands of…
By: Edward B Safe in  Reference and Education  >  Survival and Emergency   Dec 19, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Leadership: How to View Failure And Losses As Opportunities
Failure and loss can be a great opportunity to learn and grow. It is just a question of addressing the failure with the right mindset. I have over twenty years history as a successful senior leader in health care and as an entrepreneur. I have experienced failures and losses of…
By: James Pullman in  Business  >  Management   Aug 25, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

The Greatest Ever
When the Lakers won their 15th NBA Championship last week, Phil Jackson won his 10th title as a coach, surpassing Red Auerbach as the winningest coach in league history. The argument started in earnest about whether Phil is the greatest coach in the history of sports. A good case can…
By: Ken Kaiserman in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   Aug 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Is Allen Iverson Coming Back?
Before last night's playoff game in Philadelphia, Allen Iverson showed up to hand over the game ball. Being created by a standing ovation, as always when he enters the arena in Philly, AI is still in people's hearts. Drafted out of Georgetown with the nr. 1 pick from the Philadelphia…
By: wolho in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   May 24, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

The Dwight Howard Trade Saga
I am Requesting a Trade The center piece of the Orlando Magic Dwight Howard requested a trade before the beginning of the season. It is what Magic fans had been dreading, Dwight wants to win a championship, play with his friends, or just a new start. Orlando thinks that with…
By: Robbie Lowrey in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   Mar 04, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Penny Nike Shoes for Basketball
Penny Hardaway was going to be a star. He was going to be an NBA superstar. He was a sure fire Hall of Famer. He was the first player in the Jordan era to have a signature sneaker when players not named Michael Jordan didn't have signature sneakers. Penny and…
By: Scott Oberholser in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   Oct 09, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Dwight Howard is Going to the Lakers - Is it Happening Now?
All of the gossips are starting to spread with the news, but what's really happening for that Opposing team this year? What we should know without a doubt to date may be the Opposing team have previously signed Steve Nash. Just lately, general Mitch Kupchak have previously acquired Antawn Jamison.…
By: David Nguyen in  Arts and Entertainment   Jul 21, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Heres A Quick Way to Use Eco Friendly Baby Products to Prevent Irritated Baby Skin
Eco Friendly Baby Products is a good way to go. When most people think about eco friendly baby products they mainly think of something that is formulated for babies but its main attraction is that it is bio degradable and great for mother earth. There is a product out there…
By: Janice R. Donnabedian in  Home and Family  >  Babies Toddler   Mar 21, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Guide to Choosing the Right Shoes
The search for the right shoes can feel a lot like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. What’s the perfect shoe for running? How about for a workout at the gym? What about football shoes? These are just some of the questions which may be floating inside your…
By: Baburaj Devi in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   Apr 19, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Basketball Basics: Practicing With Your Son/daughter
Your son or daughter wants to play on a basketball team this season. You would like to help her/him to have a successful season. What can you do to help your son or daughter to improve his/her basketball skills? This article takes the basketball basics and applies these to your daughter/son's…
By: Kevin Clancy in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   Sep 30, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Basketball Dribbling Drills: How to Become An Effective Dribbler
Dribbling is a way for a player to move around the basketball court and get things done on offense. It is also a way to manuever out of jeopardy when the defense is applying pressure. Sometimes one or two timely dribbles can get a player near the basket for a…
By: Kevin Clancy in  Recreation and Sports  >  Basketball   Sep 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 5617    Report this Article