Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal Retires

Shaq will go down as one of, if not the, most dominant big man in NBA history. Scoring 28,596 career points in his 19 year career. The Big Fella's infectious personality maybe missed even more than his play on the court. Over the years Shaq showed he could be a very funny personality on and off the court. It will be very interesting to see what he dives into in retirement.

My personal take, I never liked Shaq much on the court. Not because I didn't think he was a good player, that is undeniable. More so I am a guy that (outside of Duke) likes to root for underdogs, and if you have Shaq on your team you are rarely an underdog. Shaq was almost always playing for a winning team, winning 4 titles (3 with the Lakers and 1 with the Heat). I never rooted for Shaq but I understand he is one of the best players I've ever seen play.

Who takes Shaq's place? Will Dwight Howard ever be the presence that Shaq was? At this point no, but Dwight also has an infectious personality and obviously is starting his career in Orlando, so similarities are there.

Even if Dwight Howard or another big man comes along and becomes a dominant force in the NBA.

There will never be another Shaq.

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