I just got done watching Fox Sports Central and they had footage of the media around shaq and some reportor asked him if the rumors were true of him retireing early(ill try to do my best to summerize his words to the best of my memory) and he responded by saying, " Im thinkin around 35, you know i have other things in the future, i might even have my own little LAPD back home in Orlando, i kinda wanna return home for a year and play with the team i started with, then think about retirerment, but i realy cant speak about what ill do in the future because it all depends on the situation and the contract."
that all makes since. if he wants to retire at 35 than he would finish out his 3 years left on his current contract, then at 34, he would go back to orlando for a year and just retire...perfectly at 35. just like he said. what a coincident the remaining years on his contract and one year with his former team would add up to his retirement age.
Now seriously, he is saying that to get the absolute most valuable contract extention possible by the lakers as he hinted at the "situation" and "contract". he wanted to emphythize those words as the ultimant dependant of his future plans. when statements like that are made, its for nothing more than a leverage barganing tool.
Quoting Shaq on one of his spontainious freestyles durring practices:
"I stay paid niggaaa, I live laid niggaaa, I've been rappen ever since the third grade niggaaa".