Seriously, thank you Shaquille O’Neal. Your career has been dominant, and immensely entertaining. One of the top five centers to ever live, and maybe the most dominant player ever called it quits today. His dogmatic, yet endearing, personality always entertained me. His play on the court was something you watched with mouth ajar. From ripping down baskets, to bulldozing over players, Shaq literally could not be stopped in his prime.
Shaquille O’Neal retired today at the age of 39 via his twitter page:
In a league that has seen its share of talented centers come and go, few were as physically dominating as Shaquille O’Neal. Listed below, you will see impressive statistics that show you the type of scorer that Shaq could bring a team, but he also was a skilled passer and defender in his prime.
Look at those points per game, and just think if he could have shot better than 52.7% from the free throw line for his career. In his prime, he was leaving anywhere between 4 to 7 points at the line.
During this span between 1992 and 2006, Shaq was part of 4 NBA Championship teams and led the Orlando Magic to the 1995-1996 NBA finals only to lose to the Hakeem Olajuwon led Houston Rockets. O’Neal won the 1992-93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, the 1999-2000 NBA MVP, was selected to 15 all-star games (three of which he was MVP), won two scoring titles, and was on the NBA All-Defensive Team 3 times.
I don’t think Shaq is the greatest player ever, but he sure as hell could dominate a game like few players I have ever seen.
As an aside, Shaq retiring makes me feel fucking old.