Friday , Jan , 25 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shaquille O’Neal is Staying in Miami, For Now

Amid media speculation about his future, Heat center Shaquille O’Neal again indicated Thursday that he will not retire before his contract expires at the end of the 2009-2010 season. In an interview Thursday, ESPN Radio’s Jack Ramsay told O’Neal, ‘I don’t hear retirement in your voice.’ Responded O’Neal: ‘No, never that.

I am the son of an army drill sergeant, and when we enlist, we go full term. So I’ve got two years left on my term and after that, I’ll be looking to do other things.’ When he was dealing with his hip injury earlier this month, O’Neal told The Miami Herald that there was no scenario in which he would walk away from the last two years of his five-year contract, which pays $20 million annually. Click here for more from the Miami Herald.