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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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Celeb Gossip Addict    

It's been fun ole boy. Enjoy your retirement from ball and welcome to the wonderful world of reality TV I hope.

1240 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Me14 minutes 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'
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You just sayin huh? Go somewhere and read a book. Shaq and his ex wife were long divorced before Hoopz came along. Furthermore, his wife left him after one too many groupie conquests. But if it makes you feel better his wife left her first husband for Shaq.

1240 days ago
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jason    

the most unstoppable big man to ever play the game and good lookin on a very good memeriable career. Thanks for bringing 3 titles to LA..peace!!

1240 days ago
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PRO US    

Superman 52 minutes 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."
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@Superman: Yes, Shaq was very average. That's why everybody in America knows who Shaq is, because everybody in America knows every single average NBA center. You're asinine, Superman, but your name should be Superschmuck or SuperDoofus. Shaq was an average basketball player like you are an average moron.

1240 days ago
50.

Dragon Tattoo    

I didn't even know he was still playing

1240 days ago
51.

Superman    

@PRO US

What a moron, you are! Everybody knew Manute Bol and Spud Webb back when they were playing and everybody knows Yao Ming (or would know if he was as flamboyant as O'Neal), but that doesn't make them great. And you're obviously a douchebag laker fan. POS, go learn something before you try to denigrate someone!

1240 days ago
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