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Shaq -- I'm RETIRING

6/1/2011 12:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After 19 years in the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal is officially retiring ... and he made the announcement on a video he posted through his Twitter page.


In his video, Shaq says ... "We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want to thank you very much, that's why I'm telling you first, I'm about to retire. Love you, talk to you soon."

O'Neal has too many basketball accomplishments to list on this website ... so here's a link to the time he spoke to TMZ cameras in Hebrew.


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snafuperman    

first

1237 days ago
2.

moso    

about damn time.. can't stand him!!!! BYE BYE!!!! go be a cop somewhere...

1237 days ago
3.

Rocco    

Yeah, it's time. Thanks Shaq. You were always fun to watch, and gave us lots of good one liners.

1237 days ago
4.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! He should have retired five years ago!

1237 days ago
5.

AyeJay    

Wow, that was fast. It's already the top trending topic on twitter.

1237 days ago
6.

3Storms    

Shaw will be missed.

1237 days ago
7.

JJ    

In his prime, the guy was unstoppable. The most dominating player I ever saw.

1237 days ago
8.

NDNchief    

Shaq thanks for making me feel smart whenever you opened your ignorant mouth. Also, thanks for the Championships with The LAKERS. Bye.

1237 days ago
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bdj    

Honestly, I didn't know he was still playing. Perhaps that's an indicator he should have called it a few years before now.

1237 days ago
10.

Googie    

Love you or hate you, you were never boring & always entertaining.

1237 days ago
11.

Lesinsd    

Who cares.

1237 days ago
12.

Cooper    

buh-bye

1237 days ago
13.

Brad    

wow look at all you haters you can gtfo shaq was the most dominant player ever in his prime HALL OF FAME FOR SURE

1237 days ago
14.

bunny    

Whoa, I thought Shaq would play ball until he keels over on the court at age 94.

1237 days ago
15.

MidoriMe    

i thought he retired already see ya later old man!

1237 days ago
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