The Los Angeles Lakers will honor future Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal by retiring his No. 34 jersey. The ceremony will take place during LA’s April 2nd game against the Dallas Mavericks. O’Neal is one of three Lakers to be honored this season. Jamaal Wilkes’ No. 52 will be retired when the Lakers play the Portland Trail Blazers December 28th. The organization will also unveil a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar November 16th.
Shaq retired in June of 2011 after 19 seasons in the NBA, last suiting up for the Boston Celtics. In the eight seasons he spent with the Lakers, they advanced to the Finals four times and won three championships. He helped the Miami Heat to their first title in 2006 and also spent time with the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Shaq had a long and amazing career, with a huge impact both on and off the court,” Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss said in a statement when O’Neal retired. “His contributions were significant to the entire NBA, but we specifically appreciate what he did with and what he meant to the Lakers during his eight years with us. We have three championships that we wouldn’t have won without him, and we will forever be grateful for his significant contributions to those teams.” More NBA updates to come.