Shaq plans to retire, the Big Diesel announced via Twitter today. Obviously, Shaq’s plan to earn his fifth title this season didn’t come true. By the time the Celtics reached the playoffs, Shaq’s best basketball was well behind him, and all that remained was a mountain who limped any time he moved. After nineteen years, his body finally told him he was finished.
The limp-plagued end should not and will not overshadow everything Shaq accomplished. The most dominant big man ever, Shaq was a force of nature the NBA had never seen before and might never see again. Long live Shaq.