Say Goodbye To The Big Aristotle, Thanks To You Shaquile O’neal For Keeping NBA Fun To Watch.

Posted: June 12, 2011 in Basketball, NBA Basketball, Special Interest Opinion

Shaquille O'neal pictured with his wife Shaunie O'neal

Shaquille O'neal pictured with his wife Shaunie O'neal

What’s up sports fans? It has been proven that time waits for no man. And as much as Shaquille O’neal would like time to wait for him so he can play for another two more years, it won’t. On June 3, 2011 Shaquille O’neal announced his retirement after 19 years of playing basketball in the games highest arena the NBA. He’s been the object of the league for 19 years and it’s interesting to note that in a game that’s captured our attention because of it’s version of different David’s of the sport, Shaquille was definitely it’s Goliath. And as much as most people who know the event of David vs. Goliath let’s face it, Goliath was never really liked, but we liked the NBA’s version of Goliath and he is Shaquille O’neal.

Better known by many aliases most remembered as “The Big Aristotle.” and the NBA’s original “Superman” he was dubbed by most of his fans and the media as just simply Shaq! Shaquille began his stellar and larger than life career at LSU University. Standing at 7ft.1 and weighing in at 325lbs. Shaquille was literally a big man among boys in college. That didn’t change much in the NBA. He started  in Orlando after being drafted by the Magic in 1992. Playing for the new upstart franchise gave him notoriety. Back then Shaquille was being led by head coach Brian Hill and Orlando had a very competitive team. The Big Aristotle had a very good supporting cast. With such names like Dennis Scott, Anfernee Hardaway, Nick Anderson, former Chicago Bulls star Horace Grant, and now assistant head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Brian Shaw. This squad made the Orlando Magic a contender in the playoffs, with Shaquille O’neal being the beginning foundation for the teams success.

In 1992 and 1993 he won Rookie of the year honors, and Orlando’s success paid off in 1995. The Orlando Magic played for it’s first NBA Championship, only to fall to a much more skilled Houston Rockets squad led by Hakeem “The Dream” Olijuwan 4 games to none. After being swept by the Rockets Orlando decided to go back to the drawing board and try to figure out what went wrong. It wasn’t until a few years later that Orlando and Shaq weren’t seeing eye to eye. Shaquille was still a big commodity. In a league where dominating centers are the formula for the next championship franchise, Shaq saw free agency as an opportunity to try the NBA market and it paid off, literally. In 1999 Shaquille signed a multi-mega deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing alongside Kobe Bryant he was able to capture three championship rings, 2000, 2001, and 2002 consecutively.  Even though he was able to win the championships he and Kobe Bryant didn’t see eye to eye.

SHAQ!!!!

SHAQ!!!!

There was always speculation that the two of them feuded over who was the leader of the team. The Lakers organization having two of it’s stars not able to come to a compromise, something had to happen in order for the team to continue it’s success.  Something did happen.  Shaquille O’neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. He played along side new up and coming guard by the name of Dwayne Wade. Just two years later Shaquille and the Miami Heat capture the teams first title and O’neal’s fourth title. Everyone would say that as good as Kobe Bryant was he couldn’t have captured his titles without Shaquille O’neal. That would be an arguable debate in later years. Before his retirement Shaquille was always know for his different aliases even Shaq Diesel. His last he jokingly titled himself as “The Big AARP!” He was also known for his wit and humor and he had several spots on television and even on the big screen. He even at one point admitted that he wanted to be a sheriff.  Shaquille also released four rap albums. His career includes teams, The Orlando Magic, Los Angele Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics before retiring.

His tenure in the NBA includes 15 scoring titles, 3 ALL-STAR game MVP Awards, 14 All NBA team selections, 3 All NBA Defensive team selections, 3 Finals MVP Awards, he is one of three players to win NBA MVP, All-STAR MVP and a Finals MVP awards all in the same year (2000) , along side Willis Reed and Michael Jordan, he ranks fifth all time in points scored, 5th in field goals, 12th in rebounds, and 7th in block shots. I don’t know how many backboards he’s shattered. Really we all know no matter what Shaquille O’neal decides to do next we know he’ll be good at it, mainly because this is a person that has a large love for life and that love for life is as big as his stature, and really let’s face it, who’s really going to get in his way to stop him?  Do you think he’ll be a sheriff, go to Hollywood, or even coach basketball in the NBA? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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