Shaquille O'Neal, one of the Greatest Players in NBA History, has announced he is retiring after 19 professional seasons. Shaq took to Twitter to make the news public, saying, "I'm retiring," and recording a short video on Tout for the occasion:
"We did it. Nineteen years baby. I wanna 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, 39, entered the league in 1992, drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick. After four seasons in Orlando, Shaq signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers where he played from 1996-2004. After that it was back to Florida for four seasons with the Miami Heat before ending his career with a series of one-year stopovers with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and most recently, in the 2010-11 season, the Boston Celtics.
Shaq retires as a four-time NBA Champion (2000-02, 2006), having won three titles with the Lakers and one with the Heat. He was a three-time NBA Finals MVP, the 2000 regular season MVP, the 1993 Rookie of the Year, a 15-time NBA All-Star and a eight-time All-NBA First Team.