Kinda sounds like a eulogy to me. Kudos to Shaq on a great career. Dude was a class act.
One of the most dominant players known in the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, has retired from basketball. This is my chance as an NBA player to say thank you and express great appreciation for one of the most important players there have ever been. First, he is a great player with an amazing personality.
I have spoken with him several times. I know him is a man who, while he almost reaches a height of 7'3", he acts like someone at 5'10", just dancing, singing and laughing all the time.
I have spoken with him about Israel. He always used to say only good things about our country and about basketball here. He did not speak Hebrew fluently, but he was always throwing out a few words, saying hello and asking about my health.
He told me he had a friend in college from Israel, and that to this day they are very good friends. He said he wants to visit here. I hope he really will come and if so, I would love to show him the country.
I got to play him when he was in Cleveland and Boston. It's true that in some years he was a great defensive player, but to play him against stars such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron or Nowitzki, it's an unusual experience. I think his fatigue is caused him to retire. When he was in shape, he was a player of 30 points per game, it was impossible to stop him.
If you worry about his future, do not. Shaquille is one of those people with all options open to him. Whether it's basketball, TV, or really, anything else. Remember him not only because of his basketball abilities, but also because of his sense of humor, that he gave entertaining interviews, was a good dancer and actor, and because of the rest of his colorful characteristics.