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Didn't Shaquille O'Neal talk about retiring on top?

Updated: August 5, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
By Vincent Thomas

Last month, my man Scoop Jackson recalled this quote from a young Shaquille O'Neal: "At 30, I'm out. I ain't playing 'til I'm 40. Derek Harper is a better man than me."

Crazy, right? Because, now, with Shaq signing a two-year deal with Boston, that is expressly what Shaq desires. He's under contract to play 'til he's 40.

Some folks never paid Shaq's "retire at 30" rhetoric any mind. One colleague of mine said Shaq spouted it so much back in the day, and it was so unbelievable, ...

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