Understanding Shaquille O'Neal's legacy in L.A. is still something hotly debated- we discuss it in this week's Triangle, and Arash Markazi touches on it here- on the day he met with the press to formally announce his retirement it's worth looking back at the career of one of the great icons the Lakers franchise has ever seen.
With that in mind, take a look at some fun links from the mothership and beyond:
-Next, writers who covered Shaq reflect on some of their favorite stories. It's a great read because despite all the legitimate criticism he takes for never maximizing his talent completely, for periodic bouts of real petulance, and more, at his core O'Neal treated the NBA like a game, and made it tremendously entertaining for those who follow it.
-A cool look at what might have been from the always insightful Tom Ziller of SB Nation.
-SI's Jack McCallum, while lamenting the cliche, writes there really won't be another one like him.
Finally, click on the interview on the right, as Shaq joined the Max and Marcellus Show on 710 ESPN this afternoon, Mark Willard filling in for Max Kellerman. Apparently, Shaq is interested in helping the NFL return to Los Angeles...