Shaquille O’Neal has retired from the NBA not so long ago, and he remains a prime example of a dominant NBA center, who won both as a player and as part of a team.
It has been three years since O’Neal announced his retirement from the NBA after 19 seasons. Still, O’Neal remains in the spotlight without even stepping on the court.
O’Neal recently spoke with Nola.com about his career, and answered a question about his biggest regret, as fas as his professional basketball career is concerned.
“The thing that haunts me the most is that I missed 250 games, especially when I was averaging high numbers,” O’Neal admitted.
“Right now, I’m sixth (on the NBA All-time scoring list with 28,596 total points). Lets just knock that in half (missed games), that’s another 3,000 points right there. That would put me at No. 3 or No. 2.,” he said.
“I missed 10,000 free throws. Lets just say I only missed 7,000, that’s another 3,000 points. I might be No. 2 right now. That’s the only thing that haunts me,” he said.
O’Neal missed only 5 games of 246 in his first three NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic. In his fourth year with the team he suffered an injury, missing 28 games. He did average 26.6 points and 11 rebounds per game, made the All-NBA 3rd Team, and played in his 4th All-Star Game.
The next season he was traded to the Lakers, however his injury problems did not end with leaving the Magic. In the next two seasons in LA, O’Neal missed 53 more games.
In the last 6 seasons of his career, Shaq played in just 66 percent of all games (325 games of 492, missing 167 games).
O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action.
He was a 15-time NBA All-Star, and won 4 NBA championships (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat). He is considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA.Follow @exnbadotcom
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