Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal plans to play two more seasons before retiring, he told a Florida TV station Thursday.
“My basketball career will be over in 735 days,” O’Neal told News 13 television in Orlando, Fla. “And being an educated man, I’ve always had things to fall back on. So one of my options is law enforcement.”
The 7-foot future Hall of Famer said he intends to play out the remainder of his contract and retire. He has won four titles in his career – three with the Lakers and one with the Heat.
Collins has surgery
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwolves center Jason Collins had surgery to repair a ruptured triceps tendon in his right elbow.
The team said Thursday that Collins was injured in a freak golf accident when his cart skidded on some wet ground and tipped over.
The Wolves acquired Collins in a draft-night deal with Memphis that also brought them Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and rookie Kevin Love.
The former Stanford star will miss all of training camp and the start of the regular season. He averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Nets and Grizzlies last season.
Heat keep Quinn
MIAMI – The Miami Heat have re-signed guard Chris Quinn.
Quinn was one of the few bright spots last season for the injury-plagued Heat, averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 assists in the final 17 games.
Quinn originally signed with Miami as a free agent in July 2006.