A lot of people may have thought that after the 2009-2010 season, Shaq would have decided to retire. Shaq has been dominant for the majority of his career. He has won four titles and three MVP awards. He has changed the way the NBA is played. But, like all good things, they have to come to an end sometime.
Shaq signed with the Celtics this off-season. He said he wanted to join a team that was set up to win a championship. I cannot argue with Shaq's choice, given the way the Celtics have been consistent title contenders for a few years now. But has Shaq really helped the Celtics? He's been out for more than half the games this year. He just recently came back this week and he is now injured again with a calf strain.
I have been a huge Shaq fan all of his career, but its just painful to watch him slowly fall further and further apart. They always say its hard to walk away from the spotlight and the competition and maybe that's what is pulling him back to play. Well, whatever it is that is driving him, he needs to find a way to replace that drive. Part of being a great player is knowing when to leave the game and I think after this year, the time has come for Shaq to leave the game. He has done great things as a player and as an ambassador of the sport, but its time for him to call it a career and not subject us to more injury-riddled seasons.