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How Does Retirement Taste?

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This happened last week, but I still wanted to mention it.

The Shaq Daddy called it a career.

Shaquille O’Neal, one of the most dominant centers in pro basketball history, announced his retirement Wednesday. Both on and off the court, he was an original not likely to be duplicated.

He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999 and won three consecutive NBA championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. He was named MVP of the NBA Finals all three times and had the highest scoring average for a center in NBA Finals history. The Lakers have said they will retire his No. 34 jersey.

After feuding with the Lakers’ other superstar, Kobe Bryant, O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, winning a fourth NBA championship in 2006. He finished out his career with stints at the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics.

Did he stay a bit too long? Perhaps. But I don’t care. I love Shaq.

When Shaq announced his retirement last week, the question was brought up by the sports media of where he ranks among the all-time greats. Here’s my insta-thoughts.

First off, I don’t compare athletes from different eras, so Wilt and Russell are out.

Kareem? I have to put Shaq below him. Can’t defend a sky-hook.

Hakeem? I also have to put Shaq below him. Then again, I’m also a huge Hakeem fan. If memory serves (and if Wikipedia is accurate), they both played well head-to-head in the 1995 NBA finals. However, Hakeem seemed to play just a little bit better.

David Robinson? I’d put Shaq above him.

Tim Duncan? Depends if you think Duncan a center or power forward. I actually think Duncan is more versitile, but I’d put Shaq above him. Duncan may be a better player, but I think O’Neal is a better center, if that makes any sense.

Moses Malone? Oh this is tough for me. I love Moses, but I have to put Shaq above him. Moses was a damn hard worker, but I think O’Neal would have bested him because of his size.

So there you have it. I have Shaq ranked third (possibly second) on the list of top centers of the last 30 or so years. What’s the best way to send out the Big Shactus?

Do you want me to (free throw) shoot it? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

June 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Posted in Sports

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