The Sports Kings: Shaq Says “So Long Folks!”

I can’t say we saw this coming or did we?

NBA Center Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement yesterday via his twitter account…

O’Neal, who struggled with an Achilles injury the second half of the season as center for the Boston Celtics retired after 19 seasons in the league.

Shaq is considered by many to be one of the last true centers in the NBA leaves with too many accolades to mention but I’ll try…

  • 4× NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006)
  • 3× NBA Finals MVP (2000–2002)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2000)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • 15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)
  • 8× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000–2006)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1995, 1999)
  • 4× All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996–1997, 2009)
  • 3× All-Defensive Second Team (2000–2001, 2003)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
  • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
  • 1994 FIBA World Championship MVP
  • 1996 Olympic Gold Medal

O’Neal retires fifth all-time in points scored with 28,596 and 2nd all time in FG percentage an amazing 58% only second to Artist Gilmore.

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