Shaquille O’Neal Celebrates His Retirement in Vegas (PHOTOS)

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When you stand seven feet tall, it’s hard to go anywhere unnoticed.  NBA star Shaquille O’Neal was spotted all over Vegas celebrating his official retirement party.

Shaq and friends started out the evening by having dinner at Nove Italiano inside the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday night. Chef Geno treated their group like royalty, preparing a great family style menu for them consisting of Nana’s meatballs, Shrimp Franchise, Federal Hill Calamari, Spaghetti Bolognese and Chicken Parmesan. And the dinner didn’t stop there!

 Like any pro athlete, there is always room for more.  To top off the meal, Chef Geno brought out Nove’s dessert platter. They loved everything, but the favorite of the group was the Mascarpone Cheesecake – sounds delicious to us!

The group was all smiles and seemed to enjoy their time at Nove as they headed over to Moon Nightclub also inside the Palms just in time for Shaq’s retirement party to begin.

Shaquille, along with family and friends, had a VIP table and drank Dom Perignon and Patron.  Shaq was on the mic for about 30 minutes and even had DJ Exodus honor Michael Jackson, where the packed crowd sang along to some of his biggest hits.

There was a tribute reel of Shaq’s career highlights over the years playing on screens throughout the club.  Caked Las Vegas provided the decorative cake for people to enjoy featuring the Superman logo with a basketball and a banner congratulating him on a ‘hall of fame career’.  

The celebration was a big hit.  New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez stopped by to say hello and illusionist Criss Angel even made an appearance.  DJ Pauly D was there to entertain the crowd, as he launched his DJ residency at Moon Nightclub as well.