Shaquille O’Neal (NBA Player): Boston Celtics
Why this is a big quit: After 19 seasons, the one and only Shaq Diesel hangs up his uniform for good. The 7’1” player retires with an astounding 28,596 points, 1992-1993 Rookie of the Year award, 1999-2000 MVP award, and 15 All-Star game selections on his resume to name a few. He ranks 5th all-time in points scored, 5th in field goals, 12th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks. Shaq is one of the great NBA players of all time and made a lasting impact on the sport.
Why this is not as big as our Top 10: In his later career O’Neal suffered several injuries, and at 39, this is a good age for Shaq to stop hurting himself. With only one year on the Celtics, his departure will not have a huge impact on the team. Shaq is retiring to spend more time with his children and perhaps he will create another rap album or another reality show. Turner Network Television (TNT) officially announced that O’Neal will join as NBA games color commentator.