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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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BEEBEE2011    

He doesn't need to work on his free throws anymore. He's retiring. Moron.

One of the greatest, most dominant centers, EVER!

1202 days ago
17.

Monica    

Although it is time for the big guy to retire, I will miss him! I agree with BEEBEE2011, Shaq was one of the greatest, most dominant centers, EVER!! Thanks for the fun times!

1202 days ago
18.

john wayne gacy    

shaquille only became an officer of the
peace so he could legally pack a gun;

so he could avoid getting shot in the
locker my a teammate for his free throws ...

1202 days ago
19.

Ziggy    

You can't retire yet. 19 yrs is not even. that's just not right. Needs to be an even 20.

1202 days ago
20.

knowitall    

thought he retired a looooooooong time ago.

1202 days ago
21.

Krysten    

AWE!! Love you Shaq!! We'll definately miss you :(

1202 days ago
22.

messenger69    

Da Boy didnt even get a RING? Right? So much for the MAN of STEEL. Would of Should of Could of!!!!!

1202 days ago
23.

John    

Wow, just wow!

Definitely will be in the HoF. It was great to watch Shaq play ball. He is one of the good guys on and off the court.

1202 days ago
24.

John    

Messenger69. Correct me if I'm wrong but he is only missing 1 for the thumb. 3 with the Lakers and 1 with the Heat

1202 days ago
25.

john    

Wow you trolls are everywhere. Thanks Shaq. You F rock.

1202 days ago
26.

LBjim    

He had a great career.Shaq and Kobe are responsible to bring the Lakers back to they were in the early 2000's( 3 championships). He shouild have hung them up a few years ago becouse he just wasn't the same..

1202 days ago
27.

McG    

Time to get out all your Shaq memorabilia and head over to Ebay.

1202 days ago
28.

Hotwheelz    

I thought he already retired..............

1202 days ago
29.

Meanie    

Good Riddance. Don't let the door hit ya in the ass on the way out.

1202 days ago
30.

john wayne gacy    

does that also entail retiring from the nba

lifestyle of out-of-wedlock baby mamas & the

likes of karrin " superheads " of the court ???

1202 days ago
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