The Los Angeles Lakers — the team with which Shaquille O’Neal built much of his NBA legacy — have expressed gratitude for the shelves of hardware he helped bring to Southern California. And in a move that will surprise precisely no one, the Lakers are already planning to hang the jersey of the “Most Dominant Ever” from the rafters.
“We don’t have any specific timetable on this, but you can be assured we will retire Shaq’s jersey,” said Lakers spokesman John Black in an email on Wednesday.
Again, this is largely pro forma. There would be widespread and justifiable outrage in LA and across the basketball world if the Lakers didn’t retire Shaq’s No. 34.
Shaq would be the eight Laker to have his jersey retired, and he will certainly join the other players by being inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame — just the latest in a long line of honors stemming from his time in LA.