Morning Links: Shaq Retires, Lauren Conrad Thinks She’s Bad at Reality TV

● After 19 years, Shaq announced he’s stepping down from pro basketball yesterday via a twitvid. He already seems to be enjoying retirement. [Twitter/Shaq] ● Lady Gaga agrees that her album, in digital form, was only worth the 99 cents Amazon was selling it for. “It’s invisible. it’s in space. If anything, I applaud a company like Amazon for equating the value of digital versus the physical copy,” she told WSJ. [WSJ] ● Justin Timberlake and Ashely Olsen have been spotted together at afterparties, art shows, and even a polo match. It must be love. [NYDN]

● Derek Cianfrance’s (of Blue Valentine fame) next project, a crime drama called Place Beyond the Pines, is coming together, with both Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling signed on to star. Sounds so dreamy. [Variety] ● Lauren Conrad seems to think she’s better off without a reality show. “It’s easier to launch the [fashion] line,” she says. And anyways, she wasn’t very good at it: “there weren’t any scenes of me getting drunk or fighting, so what’s the point?” [Page Six] ● Justin Bieber is happy to show you his slam dunk, so long as the basketball hoop is child-sized. [Celebuzz]

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