Selected first overall by the Orlando Magic in 1992... became the first superman of the NBA
Became a free agent in 1996 and was grabbed by the Los Angeles Lakers, winning a grand slam run from 2000-2002
After losing to the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 finals, Shaq parted ways with Phil and Kobe, this time taking his talents to South Beach and joined the Miami Heat (that sounds familiar), winning a championship with Dwayne Wade in 2006...
The sudden fall of the Heat empire made them desperate of acquiring another finisher, this time in the person of Shawn Marion, who made his way into the Heat line up in exchange of the Big Cactus, now in Phoenix
With father time visioned by the rear mirror, Shaq changed vision. This time, The Big Aristotle took his royalties to Cleveland aiming to win a ring for King James and for the city of Cleveland, who now is desperate in bringing back a monarch after it's leader departed
By 2010, Shaq's days of glory have little sunshine shining. He signed a minimum contract for the Boston Celtics making his last stand and last chance for a championship.
When Shaq had troubles with his calf midway through the 2010- 2011 season, it has been pretty much clear that the Big Diesel, The Big Aristotle, The Big Cactus, Superman, or whatever name you call him, was done.
And last week, one of the most celebrated celebrities of basketball had hung up his snickers, his 4 championship rings, and his 6 different XXXL jerseys, ending a career that grew with the world and revolutionized the facade of the NBA. And true to his words, he will surely miss those free throws...
So long... Shaquille O'Neal