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Era Ends with Shaq's Retirement
BOSTON (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal says on Twitter that he's about to end his 19-year NBA career at age 39. The 15 time All-Star played for Orlando, the Lakers, Miami, Phoenix, Cleveland and the Celtics.

He scored over 28,000 points and won four NBA titles. He was the 2000 NBA Most Valuable Player.

O'Neal retires fifth all-time with 28,596 points, 12th with 13,099 rebounds, and a .582 field goal percentage that is second only to Artis Gilmore among players with more than 2,000 baskets.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley says he's ``a little bit sad'' to hear of Shaq's retirement, saying it was an honor to coach him when they won a title in Miami.

Miami superstar LeBron James called Shaq ``the most dominating force to ever play the game. Great person to be around as well. Comedy all the time!''

After announcing his retirement, he asked his 3.8 million followers on Twitter to give him a nickname that befit his retirement. He reported that ``The Big 401K'' was the leader.

``I know you can do better, though,'' he said in another video. ``I'm here all day. I'm retired.''

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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