Shaq Retires

“We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want to thank you very much, that’s why I’m telling you first, I’m about to retire. Love you, talk to you soon. Once a businesman, always a businessman. I am the emperor of the social media network. Why text when you can Tout? I really, really thought about coming back but this Achilles is very damaged and if I had it done the recovery would be so long we’d have same outcome as this last year — everyone sitting around and waiting for me. I didn’t want to let people down two years in a row. I didn’t want to hold Boston hostage again. I’m letting everybody know now so Danny (Ainge) and the organization can try to get younger talent. I would love to come back, but they say once the Achilles is damaged it’s never the same. I don’t want to take that chance.”

“I just hated to let the city of Boston down. I really grew to love the place. Everyone was so welcoming to me and treated me so great.  They believed in me and they took care of me, especially the great people of Sudbury. I love that town.”

“I thought Doc was fabulous. He stressed ‘team’ all the time, never wavered on that. He kept everyone together. He’s an amazing coach. I want to congratulate him on his five years (extension). “He deserves it. He loves the organization, loves the players, and we all love him back.”

“We were supposed to win this year but ‘supposed’ doesn’tcount. The path was there for us. All the so-called super powers were gone —LA, San Antonio. I really feel if I was on the court we would have done it, but I don’t believe in ‘ifs.’ “

“I tried to make people happy and I tried to have fun. I think I did both.”

One of my favorite basketball players and my favorite center of all time has announced his retirement today and I can’t help but feel sad I knew it would be over one day but I didn’t think it would be over this soon. I have so many fond memories of his career. From his play on the court, to his movies, rap cds, break dancing, his signature Reebok Shoes, his smile, his Taco Bell commerical with Hakeem Olajuwon, all of the points, rebounds, block shot he collected along with championship rings and of course all the beefs he has had with his side kicks.

Farhan Latif writes exclusively for CloudFantasy. Email him here

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