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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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askm Bosten he retired yrs ago

1210 days ago


Shaq was amazing when he was a Laker! I'm glad I was able to watch him play ball!

1210 days ago


Shaq will be missed

1210 days ago


I'm not into sports so I don't really care but I thought he already retired.

1210 days ago


Good riddance!!! The most over-rated athlete of all time, could n't stand him when he was a Laker. He'll probably gain more weight and resume his acting career. He could play the lead role in the new Shrek biopic. Or Shraq biopic.......

1210 days ago


I hope the Lakers don't retire his jersey. He went from great to just hopping teams trying to get a ring. Never the "number 1" after he left LA. He is a joke.

1210 days ago

john johnson    

what a p.o.s. fvck shaq, lebron is faster, better and stronger than his wack ass. what a media hoar. going to twitter to anounce ur retirement before telling the celtics?!?! that means he isn't willing to leave that million plus contract on the table with just one year left. what a phony, his ex-wife could have done a better job against miami in the playoffs.....GO HEAT!!!!!

1210 days ago


wow haters...hes a FOR SURE hall of famer

1210 days ago

john johnson    

he couldn't hold kobes, wades or lebrons joc strap! i bet everyone on here can't wait to see "steel 2", he sucks, and yes, he is overrated! his acting sucks, his rap skills sucks, his tricked out cars suck, and his ex-wife sucks (on the physical trainner, literaly).do us a favor fatboy, go jump off the sears tower and land head first on a basketball, u a$sh0Ie!

1210 days ago


Don't let the door hit you in the ass! Shame on the Celtics for signing him this past season! Very offensive!

And funny how he used to criticize all the NBA centers for continuing to play well past their prime and he promised that he would retire if he wasn't playing his best. Shows you what a lying hypocrite he is!!!!!!! BTW, even in his prime, as usual with the NBA's marquee players, NBA refs gave him a free pass on fouls, otherwise he was just an average center.

1210 days ago

Big Bern    

Thanks for NOTHING, Shaq! - From Boston.

Congrats, however, on a superb career. Truly one of the all-time greats (top 10 all-time player). Just not in a Celtic uni. He gave it all he's got, but he ain't got no more.

Either way, what an amazing body of work. Now he can just focus on pulverizing his miniature girlfriend. It must be a sight to see those two "gettin' busy"..

1210 days ago


Great career overall but should have retired 2 or 3 years ago as he didn't contribute much to the Cavs or Celtics. The gas tank was on empty the last year in L.A. Anyhow, enjoy your active retirement!

1210 days ago



1210 days ago


Nice baller...wish he'd been a better father....leaving a wife and five kids for a woman who actually had sex with flava flav...i'm jus' sayin'

1210 days ago


I'm not a big basketball follower, but from what I understand, he has been past his prime.
That said, he seems to have enjoyed himself hanging out in Boston this past year, and he really comes off to be a nice guy with a penchant for being silly and fun. Come back and visit sometime!

1210 days ago
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