Shaquille O'Neal Retires From Basketball

Shaquille O’Neal Retires From Basketball

Shaquille O'Neal has decided he is finished with his basketball career after an injury-plagued season kept him from his chance at a fifth NBA title. O'Neal made the announcement through Twitter and then uploaded a video online. The short message said, "We did it. Nineteen years, baby. I want to thank you very much, that's why I'm telling you first. I'm about to retire. Thank you, talk to you soon."

Known to many simply as "Shaq," O'Neal had a storied career which saw him win four championships and three Finals' MVP awards. He played for six teams during his career and was a 15-time All-Star. O'Neal began his NBA career by winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1993. He was drafted first overall by the Orlando Magic after playing college basketball at Louisiana State University.

Even at the end of his career, O'Neal was still a dynamic figure in the league. His jovial personality and openness with the media endeared him to many fans. He also had the distinction of playing alongside some of the biggest players in the game including Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

O'Neal has rookie cards in several affordable sets, due in large part to the fact that they were so widely produced. His 1992-93 Upper Deck card is probably his most recognizable. Shaq has also not been a stranger to autograph and memorabilia cards over the years. Although his signature commands a strong price, they're still not as high as some of basketball other top-tier stars like Bryant and James.

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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