Shaquille O'Neal Retires

  • Aired:  06/09/11
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Shaquille O'Neal announces his retirement from professional basketball. (2:21)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: BELL COME TO THE

REPORT, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

YOU KNOW WITH THAT PULSING

RHYTHM OF YOUR CHANT, YOU

JUST MAKE ME WANT TO

BALLROOM DANCE.

FOLKS, AS YOU KNOW I'M A

HUGE FAN OF THE BASKETBALL.

IT'S THE ORANGE ONE, RIGHT,

THE BIG--

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: TONIGHT, OF

COURSE, IT WAS GAME FIVE OF

THE NBA FINALS.

I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET

BECAUSE THIS SHOW TAPES

BEFORE THE BIG GAME BUT LET

ME BE THE FIRST TO SAY, WOW.

(LAUGHTER)

CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THAT

DRIBBLING?

THEY JUST NEVER STOP DOING

THAT.

WHAT A ROUSING BASKETBALL-FILLED

CONTEST.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: BUT FIRST I WANT

TO ADDRESS SOME OTHER BIG

NBA NEWS THAT HAPPENED JUST

LAST WEEK.

JIM?

>> AFTER 19 YEARS I'M

ANNOUNCING MY RETIREMENT

FROM PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL.

>> Stephen: INCIDENTALLY,

SINCE HE MADE THAT

ANNOUNCEMENT SHAQ'S FREE

THROW PERCENTAGE HAS

ACTUALLY GONE UP.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: SHAQ HAS HAD AN

INCREDIBLE CAREER.

FIFTH HIGHEST SCORER IN NBA

HISTORY, FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

RINGS, ALL TIME LEADER IN

THE NUMBER OF NICK NAMES.

>> SO IN LIGHT OF TODAY I'M

RETIRING ALL OF MY NICK

NAMES, THE SHAQ FOO, THE BIG

SHAMROCK, THE BIG CACTUS,

THE DIESEL.

>> Stephen: AND IT'S JUST IN

TIME.

WE WERE RUNNING LOW ON NICK

NAMES FOR ANTHONY WEINER'S

PENIS.

SO--

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THAT IS THE BIG DIESEL.

SO CONGRATULATIONS, SHAQ.

NOW WE HAVE TIME TO RETURN

TO YOUR FIRST LOVE, ACTING.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU

IN THE LONG-AWAITED SEQUEL,

KAZAM M-2, SEE IT OR I'LL

MAKE KAZA M-3.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WE

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