After years in the spotlight as one of the biggest (and I do mean that literally) basketball stars, Shaquille O’Neal announced his decision to retire with little fanfare in a 16-second video posted to twitter Wednesday afternoon.
“We did it, 19 years baby, I want to thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first, I’m about to retire. Love you, talk to you soon.”
Mike Wise of the Washington Post writes a great piece reflecting on his time spent covering the massive NBA star.
“If you’ve never had a 7-foot-1, 325-plus pound man make room for himself in the back of a small aircraft by basically draping his legs over yours until you cannot breathe in the middle of a humid central Florida summer, boy, have you missed out,” Wise wrote.