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LSU honors Shaquille O'Neal with bronze statue

Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:55 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver

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Lousiana State University unveiled a statue honoring former center and NBA great Shaquille O'Neal in a ceremony on Thursday. The statue depicts O'Neal wearing an LSU jersey in his trademark two-hand dunk post and is located in front of the team's practice facility in Baton Rouge, LA.

"That is the best sculpture in the country," O'Neal declared on Thursday, according to LSU. "I am very humbled and honored. It could have been a lot of other guys who got a statue."

NOLA.com reports that the statue weighs 900 pounds. That's roughly twice -- OK, OK, roughly three times -- what O'Neal himself weighs. 

O'Neal reportedly nicknamed the statue, "The Big Bronze."

Widely considered one of the most dominant basketball players of all time and a certain first-ballot Naismith Hall of Famer, O'Neal enjoyed a 19-year NBA career, playing for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He won four rings, played in 15 All-Star games, finished as No. 5 on the NBA's all-time scoring list and reportedly earned more than $292 million in salary. He averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game over his career.

Prior to being the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, O'Neal spent three dominant seasons at LSU. He averaged 21.6 points and 13.5 rebounds during his college career and was twice named an All-American. He later earned a degree from the school in 2000 and has been inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

To honor O'Neal, LSU also put together this awesome highlight reel of his time as a Tiger. Give it a look.



Prior to the unveiling, the statue was hidden beneath a white sheet in front of a purple and yellow backdrop bearing O'Neal's "Superman" logo. Have a look.

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Images via LSU Basketball on Twitter
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Category: NBA
Comments

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 7:31 pm
 

LSU honors Shaquille O'Neal with bronze statue

Big Up to LSU for giving Shaq a statue. I'm not to familliar with LSU Basketball, but Shaq as well as "Pistol Pete" were probably the greatest LSU basketball players of all-time! If "Pistol Pete" doesn't have one already,then he should also have a statue.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:14 am
 

LSU honors Shaquille O'Neal with bronze statue

I hope Pistol Pete gets a statue also.



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:11 am
 

LSU honors Shaquille O'Neal with bronze statue

That statue looks like Fat Albert.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:46 pm
 

LSU honors Shaquille O'Neal with bronze statue

Shaqs best move. Long after the dunk was first dunked the master of the power dunk coined the broonze statue achieving "dunktatude" .


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