Shaquille O’Neal threw himself a retirement party on Friday, the NBA legend saying farewell with a smile after a 19-year career with a bash complete with a throne and one last nickname.
O’Neal, who ranks fifth on the NBA all-time scoring list, has dubbed himself “The Big Aristotle”, “Shaq-Fu”, “The Big Shamrock”, “The Big Shaqtus”, “Shaq Diesel” and “Superman” in a career that also spanned movies and rap music.
“From now on, you guys can call me “The Big AARP – Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons,” O’Neal said.
In a home gymnasium at the private Windemere development, O’Neal began with a serious note.
“I never thought this day would come,” O’Neal said. “Father Time has finally caught up with Shaquille O’Neal.”
Then he accepted a cell phone, pretending to take a call from James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks, who announced hours earlier that Donnie Walsh would not be retained as general manager and president of the club.
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