O’Neal finishes his 19-year NBA career averaging 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Most importantly, he ends with four championships. Four championships are more than Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon and Karl Malone combined, but he’ll be most remembered for finishing with fewer championships than former teammate, Kobe Bryant.
In an interview with ESPN.com’s Jackie MacMullan, O’Neal blames a nagging Achilles injury for his retirement, citing that the recovery would have been extensive, and he didn’t want to leave the Celtics and GM Danny Ainge waiting around for him.
With Shaq now gone, who will be the next NBA star to retire?
Here are seven possible stars that could be the next to follow Shaq into retirement.