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NBA Lines –Will Shaq Play Again? Bet On It

Posted by Brett Nielson on 6/3/2011 6:15:03 PM

NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal publicly announced his retirement on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

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When will Shaq play in another NBA game?

NorthBet Numbers: Shaquille O’Neal scored 9.2 PPG this season with the Boston Celtics.

Shaquille O’Neal was always one of the few exciting players to watch in the NBA. Throughout his career, O’Neal motivated his fans with his charismatic personality, electrifying smile, and most of all his dominating basketball play.

Shaq’s professional basketball career began when he was drafted first overall in 1992 by the Orlando Magic. Since then, the 7’1” center has played 19 seasons in the NBA while setting countless records.

During his career, Shaq has won four NBA Championships, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, has been nominated to the All-NBA First Team eight times and as an NBA All-Star fifteen times.
In the past two decades, the infamous center has played in 1,423 NBA games, totaled 28,596 points (5th all-time), 5,250 playoff points (4th all-time), and claims to have used over a thousand nicknames (yes, 1000).

O’Neal first hinted at his retirement on June 1, through his Twitter page. Since the Tweet, he has only spoken to the media once and plans to hold a press conference at his home on Friday, June 3.

In his interview on SportsCenter, Shaq claimed that he would “miss the competition. I’m going to miss, you know, the chase for the ring. You know, I’m actually going to miss everything.”
When asked about the deciding factor in his retirement, Shaq only said that, “Father Time has caught up with Shaquille O’Neal.”

So what’s the next step for the big man? Well, given his career stats and records, the public expects that he will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. But when asked about what team he would prefer to be inducted under, Shaq didn’t want to jump the gun.

“I’m a humble and modest person so hopefully I get inducted,” he said. “We’ll have to wait ‘til that happens, and then I’ll make that decision.”

Nielson Notice: Do you consider Shaq to be one of top 5 centers of all-time?
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