Shaquille O'Neal calls it quits--The End of an Era

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  1. Cajun Sensation

    Cajun Sensation I'm kind of a big deal Staff Member

    Dec 4, 2006
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    TOUT | Life's Moments

    I've had the pleasure of meeting Shaq on quite a few different occasions. He is an awesome guy and was a great great of the very best of all time.
  2. mctiger

    mctiger RIP, and thanks for the music Staff Member

    Feb 20, 2003
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    I met him once as well. The word that comes to mind is "genuine". What you see on TV with the media is what he is.

    Thanks for the memories, Shaq. Next stop, Springfield.
  3. StaceyO

    StaceyO Football Turns Me On

    Oct 7, 2003
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    Okay, as long as Shaquille still played, I didn't feel old, as we were @ LSU @ the same time, but now...get the walker and the AARP discounts ready!
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  4. lsu99

    lsu99 whashappenin

    Oct 24, 2001
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    I was kind of hoping he'd wait until after the NBA lockout to see if his body could heal for one last geaux. Guess he knows his body is done playing at that level.

    One memory of Shaq is when I went to Dale Brown's basketball camp as a kid. Shaq was driving a tiny little compact car (maybe his girlfriend's at the time) and I think just drove by to say hello to the kids.

    Another memory was Shaq going to Red's (Lafayette) with the Boudreaux twins. He was mostly clowning around and shooting half court shots on that little court (more like an NBA three pointer). I was amazed at how well he could shoot and dribble, given his struggles with free throws. I was only 14 or so but played in one of the last games of the day with Shaq. It wasn't really competitive and everyone would just vacate the paint if he was going for a dunk.

    With how much he was hacked during his college & NBA career, it's amazing he never pulled a Bynum in retaliation.
  5. I Like Mike

    I Like Mike Geaux Tigers!

    Feb 11, 2009
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    Here's to an all-time great Tiger!

  6. KingEmeritus

    KingEmeritus ofthePoint

    Jun 23, 2010
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    I still get excited when I think about the fact that Shaq went to LSU (aka Love Shaq University). He was so much more than a professional athlete. He was bigger than the game! Thanks for being such a great representative!
  7. Rolan

    Rolan Live from Houston

    Apr 8, 2008
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    I became a fan during the Shaq years, my grandparents had season tickets then, and I always got to tag along with them.

    Still love whatever team he plays for, end of a era.
  8. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

    Feb 4, 2004
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    has there ever been a more likable personality in all of sports?

    i think not.

    beyond pure size and athleticism, his ability to be comfortable amongst kids or while visiting an old folks home made him unique among today's athletes.

    shaq gave a lot of his time and money to those less fortunate over the years and it never seemed contrived.

    I've always liked that about him. Plus he is genuinely funny.

    and i liked just about everyone of his nicknames. all 200 of them.
  9. OkieTigerTK

    OkieTigerTK Tornado Alley

    Jan 3, 2005
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    i really respect that shaq finished and received his degree. he didnt have to, but it was nice to see someone so successful in sports put forth the message "education is important".

    that, and the fact that he quietly gives so much to the university. not out of seeking recognition for his giving, but because he genuinely wants to give.

    he is without a doubt, one of the all time lsu greats, not just for his athletic ability, but for who he is as a person.
  10. bayareatiger

    bayareatiger If it's too loud YOU'RE TOO OLD

    Oct 23, 2002
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    Great person, absolutely.

    Fun guy, you bet.

    Awesome player, undoubtedly.

    We'll all miss him, for sure.

    But when you think had he taken better care of himself, he could have been the greatest of all time.

    I lost a lot of respect for him when he was injured and refused to get surgery during the 2002 offseason, waiting until just before the beginning of the season.

    His famous quote: "I got hurt on company time, so I’ll rehab on company time."

    After his contentious feud with Kobe, the run was over in L.A.

    One of the greatest 10 NBA players of all-time, maybe even top 5, maybe.

    But let's face it, he could have been THE greatest.

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