Considering how much he loves Twitter, it’s no surprise that Shaq’s retirement came courtesy of his favorite form of social media (that we’re aware of; he might be the Mayor of Cleveland on FourSquare for all we know). Currently a team member on the Boston Celtics, the oldest active player in the NBA announced the end of his nearly twenty year career this afternoon. Using Shaq’s retirement video announcement, the NBA MVP of 2000 let his followers know before everyone else that he is going to spend the rest of his days off the court and wallowing in a big pile of money, explaining “We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first: I’m about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.” Of course, Shaq’s Twitter should probably have been the second place he voiced his intentions. Said Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss, “To my knowledge, he has not informed any of us that he’s retiring.” Shaq might be taking himself out of the game, but don’t worry: this just means he has more time to tweet…and to finally make that Kazaam sequel we have been hounding him to do for an eternity.
[Photo: Shaq's Twitter]