Shaquille O’Neal Announces Retirement From The NBA After 19 Years

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jun. 03, 2011

After working with the NBA for 19 years, Shaquille O’Neal announced in a video tweet on Thursday that he was retiring from the sports organization. O’Neal won four NBA Championships while under the organization — three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He was first drafted to the Orlando Magic in 1992 and stayed with the team until 1995 before he signed a 7-year-contract with the LA Lakers, where he wont three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

He won his last championship in 2006 after being traded to the Heat in 2004. In a video tweet to his followers, and then picked up by the mainstream media late last night and today, he 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.” In addition to working with the Lakers and the Heat, he also worked with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.