Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 http://www.facebook.com/MahaloNews Like us on Facebook! Visit the official Mahalo page: http://www.mahalo.com/shaquille-oneal-announces-retirement-from-nba/ After 19 seasons, 15 All-Star mentions and four NBA titles, Shaquille O'Neal says he's retiring. On?Wednesday, June 1, 2011, the 39 year-old celebrity athlete broke the announcement via a Tout video on his Twitter account by saying: "We did it. 19 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." An Achilles injury had been crippling Shaq's game, and after extensive physical therapy, surgery with a nine-month recovery time would be the only alternative.? O'Neal?opened up to ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan about his struggles trying to get back on the floor with the Celtics this past season:?"I'm letting everybody know now ... so the organization can try to get younger talent. I would love to come back, but they say once the Achilles is damaged it's never the same. I don't want to take that chance."? Arguably one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game, O'Neal played for six pro teams: Orlando, the LA Lakers, Miami, Cleveland, Phoenix and most recently, the Boston Celtics. He?finishes his career averaging 23/7 points-per-game and 10.9 rebounds per game. He will hold an official press conference on Friday, June 3 at his Isleworth, MA home.? Sources: http://www.tout.com/m/9944wo http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/06/shaquille-oneal-announces-retirement-on-twitter/1 http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6615886 http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/06/01/shaquille-oneal-announces-retirement-web-video/ http://twitter.com/#!/SHAQ http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4684544/shaq-didnt-want-to-hold-boston-hostage http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/614/shaquille-o'neal
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