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Shaq should keep playing, smiling

Retired players, including Clemens, should be free to play the game they love

Updated: September 8, 2012, 12:15 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

Do it, Shaq.

Play in Mexico, grab a little money, have a whole lot of laughs.

And forget the critics.

Of all the things that perplex me about some sports fans, the ridiculing of athletes who are trying to have some fun bothers me most. LeBron James gets criticized for wanting to play with his best friend. Kevin Durant gets criticized for being too friendly with LeBron. Dwight Howard smiles too much. It's as if athletes have to spend their lives with ...

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