"I told Shaq when I took over as head coach in our first initial meeting as a team that the MVP trophy should be named after him when he retired," Jackson recently toldFox Sports'Mark Kriegel.
My most favorite professional athelete is retiring after 19 years (Career: 1992 - 2011). I never loved basketball the way it is now before he entered NBA.
- 4×NBA Champion(2000,2001,2002,2006)
- 3×NBA Finals MVP(2000–2002)
- NBA Most Valuable Player(2000)
- NBA Rookie of the Year(1993)
- 15×NBA All-Star(1993–1998,2000–2007,2009)
- 2×NBA scoring champion(1995,2000)
- 8×All-NBA First Team(1998,2000–2006)
- 2×All-NBA Second Team(1995,1999)
- 4×All-NBA Third Team(1994,1996–1997,2009)
- 3×All-Defensive Second Team(2000–2001,2003)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team(1993)
- 3×NBA All-Star Game MVP(2000,2004,2009)
- 1994 FIBA World Championship,MVP
- 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Champion
- Elected 1 of50 Greatest Players in NBA History, 1996
- NBA Highest Earner in History ($292,198,327)
I know this time would come, but I was really shocked when I saw the news at Google... Well, he has to take of his aging body now... Spend that$292,198,327 you earned from your contracts! (Highest earned in NBA History. Bryant is third @$196,190,615).
I will truly miss you... I'm missing your great play for several years now, but what makes you more special is how you entertained me with your crazy and funny antics. Thanks for the great memories Your Royal Shaqness... God bless in your pursuit of becoming Dr. Shaquille O'Neal.
Thanks for the great memories Your Royal Shaqness... God bless in your pursuit of becoming Dr. Shaquille O'Neal.
Here's a video of some of Shaq's NBA Career Highlights.
Here's what others' reaction regarding Shaq's retirement:
Shaq Legend Hang up the jersey in Orlando Miami and LA Congrats shaq You Been a big brother since day one Now Not too many donuts!!
--Ron Arteston Twitter
One of the greatest to ever play the game. MUCH RESPECT BIG @SHAQ
WOW @SHAQ is leaving the game! I still remember him putting that big elbow in my chest when I was a rookie!
--Andrew Bynumon Twitter
The NBA wont ever be the same without Shaq Albert. Great guy. Shaq made the NBA a better place.
-- Mark Cuban
The Big Fella @SHAQ retiring! The funniest teammate I EVER had.I remember growing up watching and admiring him, a privilege to play with him
I would call Him @SHAQ Kovia ( like the bank) cuz he would always lend me money on the plane to gamble lol (I never keep cash on me)
@SHAQ would bring his Key Boards on the Air plane to produce like Timberland lol. He would dance like he was back in his FRAT days lol
--Jared Dudleyon Twitter
Great Career Big Homie @SHAQ! Sad to see you go...All Star Game will never be the same again lol
--Braylon Edwardson Twitter
What a career for Shaq Diesel!! The most dominating force to ever play the game. Great person to be around as well. Comedy all the time!!
--LeBron Jameson Twitter
I don't know why but Shaq retiring make me feel old...
-- Jimmie Johnson on Twitter
Everyone show Shaq some love. One of the best to ever do it. #cannnyouudigggittt
--Kevin Loveon Twitter
Congratulations @SHAQ on your quadruple platinum hall of fame career. I know you're not riding off into the sunset...what's next?
--Steve Nashon Twitter
We will miss the OG aka @SHAQ
--Nate Robinsonon Twitter
Shout out to @SHAQ on the hall of fame career. One of a kind player.
--Rajon Rondoon Twitter
For 19 seasons, Shaquille O'Neal was literally and figuratively an NBA giant. On behalf of the NBA, its teams, and his millions of fans around the world, I want to thank Shaq for everything he has meant to the league and to the sport of basketball, both on and off the court. We wish him and his family all the best.
-- David Stern
I'm honored and truly humbled to have been a teammate of the GREAT @SHAQ..this game will not be the same without him..respect
--Dwyane Wadeon Twitter