Shaquille O’Neal , at 39 the oldest player in the National Basketball Association this season, is retiring after a 19-year career in which he earned almost $300 million in salary and millions more in endorsements.
Shaquille O’Neal signed with the Boston Celtics, teaming the 15-time National Basketball Association All-Star with Kevin Garnett , Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce on the defending Eastern Conference champions.
On his first day as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, Phil Jackson pulled Shaquille O’Neal aside and offered him a deal. Do it my way, Jackson said, and I guarantee that you’ll win the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player award. If you don’t, enjoy free rein on the court.
The annual National Basketball Association All-Star Game isn’t taken too seriously by basketball fans. It’s best appreciated as the culmination of a weekend of parties attended by athletes and their celebrity friends. Before the most recent competition on Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, the players mingle beside the court with director Spike Lee and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Rapper-turned-actor Common visits Cee Lo Green. Their younger peers, Lil Wayne and his protégé, Drake, make faces for TNT’s cameras.