Dr. Shaq Retires After 19 Spectacular Seasons
What? No way. Dr. Shaq?
Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement today (via Twitter). Shaq gave us 19 fun-filled seasons by way of his sense of humor and his ability to score the basketball. He was also a fantastic rebounder, averaging 10.9 rebounds per game.
Couple that with a 58.2 field goal percentage and you have a great player right there. Almost 60%? That’s 6 out of 10 shots made! This stat shows his excellent shot selection (knowing when to take a shot, when to pass it off, etc).The stat that really surprised me was his free throw percentage. It’s a staggering 52.7%. We all knew that free throws aren’t his forte, but c’mon, 52.7? Couldn’t get a number like 60 or 65? Honestly, that’s a pretty horrible percentage. I’m in high school and I think I can make at least 60%. Our coach tells us that 60% is average for HIGH SCHOOL. That means Shaq shot below the average for a HIGH SCHOOL basketball team. Just think about that…He’s getting payed millions of dollars a year right? He should be better than a group of high school kids 10 years younger than him.
“O’Neal ranks fifth all-time in points (28,596), and won four NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles and one league MVP” (Credit miamiherald.com). That pretty much sums up the basketball part of his career. Anyone to contest his future-HOF status obviously has never watched the Big Shamrock play. He was also a 15-time All-Star during his 19-year career. That’s only 4 years of non-All star status.
Here’s to Shaq, one of the Top 10 Greatest to ever play the game of Basketball!
Posted on June 1, 2011, in Pro Basketball and tagged Free throw, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Finals, Pro Basketball, Shaquille O'Neal, Sports, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.