In a bizarre format, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has announced his retirement after 19 seasons in a video statement, through Twitter.
We did it -- 19 years baby. I want to you very much. That's why I am telling you first, said O'Neal. I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.
The video was posted on Tout.com.
Having spent the last year of his career with the Boston Celtics, O'Neal will likely go down as one of the greatest players of all-time. A dominant center, O'Neal was a force the low post.
He finished with four championship rings, and was the league MVP in the 1999-200 season. A two-time NBA scoring champion, O'Neal ranks fifth all-time in career points (28,596) and 12th in total rebounds (13,099).
The former Louisiana State star began his career with the Orlando Magic when he was drafted as the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft.
O'Neal then moved on to the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and finally the Celtics. He played in 15 NBA All-Star games.
He leaves the NBA with a career-scoring average of 23.7 points per game, and 10.9 rebounds per game. O'Neal has had known struggles at the free-throw line, shooting 52.7 percent over his career.
Watch the video: http://www.tout.com/m/9944wo