Nba - Shaquille O'neal Still Has Something to Offer to the Nba

by Ally White - Date: 2008-11-06 - Word Count: 568 Share This!

The "Big Diesel" of 36 years-old and four-time NBA champion, Shaquille O'Neal still has something to offer to the NBA over the next two years.

However since last season, everyone has noticed that his playing game has shrunk little by little and the end of his career has come closer to his life. The "Big Aristotle" announced a while ago to the media that he will retire in two years; to be exact, in 735 days when his contract with the Suns concludes.

Now his expectations are set on helping the Suns to reach the finals and possibly achieve an NBA title, even though he knows his playing time will be reduced so he can be fresh during the whole season, especially if they reach the playoffs.

The "Superman" knows his skills have decreased with the time and that he has more competition now from big guys such as Dwyane Wade, Audrey Bynum, Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and more. 

Last season with the Suns, Shaquille O'Neal was averaging 12.9 points, 1.2 blocks, 10.6 rebounds and 28.7 minutes per game. These percentages are the lowest Shaq has ever got in his professional career and it is possible that those numbers could drop a little bit more. However even though that "Big Diesel" doesn't have the same strength and ability of his golden days, he still is someone valuable for the Suns, especially in the paint and at the defending end.

With his last results in the preseason, some people think that Shaq has some gas left in the tank to still make a major impact in the game. And perhaps, Shaq, Stoudemire, Nash and the rest of the Suns can obtain a pair of championships in the time he will still be active.

In the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on last Saturday November the 1st, Shaq combined with Stoudemire ended up with 39 points and 21 rebounds and a good victory for the team. Their next game will be against the New Jersey Nets, in which Shaq will try to do the same for the team with Stoudemire on his side.

On the other hand, Shaq has expressed that his experience all these years in the NBA have been incredible and that it will be sad when he leaves the league. Although, he knows he is still young and that he can do other things in his life.

"I've made a lot of friends. I have a lot of opportunities. All I wanted was one championship back in the day. Then I won it, and I got two and then I got three and then four. I'm happy. When I'm done, I'll have a hell of a book," said the "Big Diesel".

During his professional career Shaquille O'Neal' obtained 4 NBA Championships and an Olympic gold medal. Under his personal belt, he was an All-Star player on 11 occasions, was part of the 50th Anniversary team when he was just 24 years-old, was awarded as MVP of the league in 1999 and 2000 and he was also named 3 times MVP of the finals. Definitely, his achievements have been amazing and will be remembered forever.

Shaquille O'Neal's after retirement plans could be to become part of the law enforcement and turn into an officer. We hope the best for this amazing, charismatic and talented NBA star, which has made a difference in the history of the NBA.

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Ally White is a top senior copy writer on NBA games and sports action for the sportsbook
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