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Shaquille O’Neal wishes he would have had a farewell tour

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Everybody knows Kobe Bryant is going to retire after the 2015-16 NBA season concludes.

Shaquille O’Neal wishes it would have been the same for him before he retired, according to a tweet posted on Twitter.com.

The tweet was posted on Friday, Feb. 12 by Mark Medina, a Los Angeles Lakers beat writer. Medina’s tweet hints that O’Neal might be a little envious of his former teammate.

O’Neal, 43, retired from playing professional basketball after the 2010-11 NBA season. Unlike Bryant, however, O’Neal’s retirement plans had not been decided before the conclusion of the season. Therefore, he was unable to enjoy the spoils of being a superstar with a predetermined finale. O’Neal had the following to say:

“I wish I had a Shaq tour. It would’ve been fun. I would’ve gotten a lot of gifts.”

O’Neal last played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. Prior to playing for the Celtics, he had short stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. He had his best years in the league while playing for the Orlando Magic, Lakers and Miami Heat.

During his time with the Lakers, O’Neal and Bryant combined formed a duo that won three-straight NBA titles. O’Neal parted ways with the Lakers in 2004 and joined the Heat. He won his fourth and final NBA title while playing for Miami.

O’Neal is seventh on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 28,596 points scored. He is also a one-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, four-time NBA champion and 15-time NBA All-Star, among other career accomplishments.

O’Neal retired after 19 NBA seasons; he was 39 years old at the time. Bryant is playing in his 20th NBA season; he is 37 years old.

Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, N.J. He attended Cole High School in San Antonio, Texas before playing college basketball at Louisiana State University. He was selected No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft. He is now a NBA commentator on TNT.

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David A. Shelmon was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. Currently, he is an aspiring journalist who focuses primarily on sports. Basketball, in particular, is his specialty. He has written for the likes of AXS.com, Examiner.com and SB Nation-affiliate Hustle Belt. He hopes to expand his writing experience by joining Sports Out West.
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