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Shaquille O’Neal who helped bring three world championships to the Los Angeles Lakers announced on twitter on Wednesday that he is retiring:

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From the Video he posted on Twitter here is what he had to say:

We did it!, 19 years baby, and I want to thank you very much, and that’s why I’m telling you [twitter followers] first! I’m about to retire. Love you, talk to you soon!”

In his career he averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. O’Neal shot 58% from the field, in his 19 seasons.

O’Neal finishes his career with 28,596, points, and is ranked 5th in all-time scoring. The 15 time all-star is a former league MVP, 3 time NBA Finals MVP, and won four world championships. (3 with Lakers, 1 with Heat)

O’Neal battled through injuries over the last couple of seasons. He was only able to play 36 games for the Celtics during the regular season, and played a total of 12 minutes in the playoffs for Boston limited by his Achilles injury.

  • DANG

    I will always have love for the BIG fella for what he did with the Lakers!

  • Troublex1x1

    Kobe ended up winning more. Buh-Bye big boy!

  • KaPau

    I hope one day to see your jersey with the laker greats, thank you for the great moments you gave the lakers…..

  • Gugy

    Thank you Shaq for 3peat! It was a great run!

  • Anonymous

    All the best for you Shaq! You have won us three more and the team you guys had back in the day was a great one!

    One thing though : ATTENTION WHORE :D Finals couldnt have been a more convenient way to make some noise lol. But thats the Shaq we know. Always aiming for the big stage. 

    I hope you will have alot of fun for the rest of your life, whatver you may do.

  • Haidarik

    I really wish he would of retired as a Laker and not a Celtic !  Regardless … he braught us 3 Titles and I loved every moment of the run we had with Kobe & Shaq !

  • xtro

    Thank you, Shaq! 

  • Kobe279

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL WHAT YOU HAVE DONE NOT JUST FOR THE LAKERS BUT FOR THE ENTIRE LEAGUE. I WISH U LUCK “BIG SHACK”.

    PS: I HOPE THE LAKERS RETIRE YOUR JERSEY BECAUSE U DESERVE IT.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBSP2NHQGTSVYUHYANRNCEYDUM 123KID

    Thank you Big Aristotle! I will forever remember you as a Laker and forever erase your history beyond that. 

  • Odom the player

    Shaq you are the man. Thank you our Laker bro. We all know you’re still a Laker at heart.

  • BenjiBoy

     fat fuck faggot

  • Anonymous

    big Deasil will be missed for sure the Most Dominating big man since allah Kareem Wilt and russel Love yah shaq you will be missed 

  • http://twitter.com/SenorJawsh Joshua Herrington

    Is it me, or am I only showing him respect as a laker. Like, I’m congratulating him as if he were a Lakers not for his play on other teams. Great player though. He’ll go down as one of the greatest. 

    • Kobe279

      DUMB ASS READ MY PREVIOUS COMMENT

      • http://twitter.com/SenorJawsh Joshua Herrington

        I read it. What am I looking for?

        • Kobe279

          I showed shaq respect

          • http://twitter.com/SenorJawsh Joshua Herrington

            So did I! I was trying to make the point that had he not been on the Lakers, I would not have an ounce of respect for him.

  • Ps Stoptheworry

    You didn’t have any better pictures? That stache is terrible!

  • lakerfan

    thank you shaq, it was because of you partially I started to watch basketball in 98 when i was only a preschooler. we will never forget the big man.

    p.s. Laker organization, please announce that his jersey will be retired in the next few days among the laker greats.

  • laffsatu

    shaq had to be strong, dragging kobe around for all those championships………..thanks to kobe it ended way to soon………….

    • http://twitter.com/SenorJawsh Joshua Herrington

      shaq didn’t carry anyone else though. it was just kobe ridin shaq’s back……everybody else has done so much better than kobe when shaq left.

  • Luke Sucks

    Thanks for the memories big guy. 

  • pio2u

    Congrats Big Guy & thanks!

  • lakerman34

    Had he stayed with the Lakers, he’d be my most favorite player.

    Love you man, and thanks. What he did for the Lakers, the NBA, and the world in general was just amazing. Continue to be the funny dude that you are, and continue to give to the community.

    Thanks Big Guy.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    can’t wait to see him next to chuck on TNT and have him and chuck comment on them fighting and chuck missing with a straight jab.  It’s going to be hilarious!!!

  • Ikjyotsingh

    Greatest center in NBA history, and greatest 1-2 punch ever in Shaq and Kobe.

    Mike Brown still sucks though.