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Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:42 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:57 pm
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Shaquille O'Neal's jersey is reportedly headed for the Staples Center rafters. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

The plan is finally starting to come together.

In the immediate aftermath of Shaquille O'Neal's retirement back in June 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that the franchise would retire his No. 34 jersey.
At the time, a team spokesperson said there was no timetable for when the ceremony would take place.

NBA.com reports on Thursday that the Lakers are expected to retire O'Neal's jersey during the 2012-2013 season, citing the rushed lockout schedule as the reason why the ceremony didn't take place this year.

O'Neal paired with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to win three titles for the franchise. His time with the Lakers is generally regarded as the high point of his career, making the jersey retirement decision a no-brainer. 

Lakers owner Jerry Buss issued a statement of appreciation for O'Neal last summer.

"Shaq had a long and amazing career," Buss' statement read. "A huge impact both on and off the court. 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."

Earlier this week, Bryant passed O'Neal to move into fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. O'Neal graciously congratulated Bryant on the achievement, calling him, "the greatest Laker ever."

O'Neal is currently serving as an NBA commentator for TNT.

The Lakers have only retired the jerseys of seven players to date. All seven are members of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

The full list: 
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- No. 33
  • Elgin Baylor -- No. 22
  • Wilt Chamberlain -- No. 13 
  • Gail Goodrich -- No. 25
  • Magic Johnson -- No. 32
  • Jerry West -- No. 44
  • James Worthy -- No. 42
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Comments

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

Love the Big Baryshnikov! Go Shaq!

Btw, I'm pretty sure they have a tribute banner up for the old Minneapolis Lakers, including Mikan. It may not be their numbers are retired, but they are definitely recognized in the Staples Center rafters.


TalllCatherine
Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:16 pm
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Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:43 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

I was trying to reply to an earlier comment, so my comment looks weird out of context. I'm new here. I agree with you that without Shaq, the Lakers wouldn't have won the 3 championships they won with him. But I wonder if they could have won more than the 2 later with Pau, if Shaq hadn't been traded for Odom, Butler, etc.




Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

i totally disagree with you.. if not for shaq they wouldnt have won those 3 titles.. he wa the most dominant player in his time with the lakers.. cased closed



Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:28 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

I was wondering about how many championships the Lakers would have won if Shaq & Kobe had gotten along. I'd say 2 more; maybe 3--tops. The Lakers were fortunate enough to land Gasol & draft Bynum later, and who knows where these guys would be if the Lakers hadn't traded Shaq.





Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

I doubt his jersey will get retired anywhere else.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:02 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

congrats bro. kobe's is gonna be hanging right next to yours by the time the next decade rolls around, just like it was meant to be.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

Congrats "Big Fella" on getting your jersey retired with the rest of the Laker greats who have had their number retired as well. You deserve to have your number up there along with "Wilt" and "Kareem" because you're one the best ever "big-man" to have ever put on the purple and gold......."Much Respect!!!!".CoolSmileCool



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

Congrats to Shaq, and to the Buss family. Once again, they prove their class in burying the hatchet after the nasty divorce in 2004. Miller, the Jazz owner, should take a lesson from the good Dr. But as a long, and I do mean loooong, time Laker fan, why no. 99 isn't retired is beyond me. George Mikan was to the original NBA what Magic and Larry were to saving it in the 80's. Jerry Buss (or whomever is running the joint these days), please do the right thing and retire #99 in honor of the original gentle giant, George Mikan. And for those of you who don't know who Mikan is, just wiki the man, he's a legend.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Report: Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey in 2012-13

Kobe is so good they'll retire both his numbers!


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