The Los Angeles Lakers are set to retire the No. 34 jersey of Shaquille O’Neal during halftime of tonight’s game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Shaq will be the ninth Lakers player to have his jersey raised into the rafters and he certainly earned the honor during his eight year career with the team.
During Shaq’s ceremony to retire his number, the likes of Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant will be speaking. It surely sounds like some can’t miss television.
While Shaq was in the league, he was one of the league’s most entertaining players on and off the court.
Whether it be dominating in the paint or dropping some bars to a platinum rap album, Shaq was always capturing the imagination of fans across the NBA landscape.
Perhaps one of the most entertaining parts of Shaq’s storied NBA career were all of the nicknames that he was given or decided to give himself during his time in the league. Among Shaq’s nicknames were ”TheDiesel”, “Shaq Fu”, “The Big Daddy”, “Superman”, “The Big Agave”, “The Big Cactus”, “The Big Shaqtus”, “The Big Galactus”, “Wilt Chamberneezy”, “The Big Baryshnikov”, “The Real Deal”, “The Big Shamrock”, “The Big Leprechaun”, “Shaqovic” and “The Big Conductor”.
And then, Shaq provided us moments like this:
What were your favorite Shaq moments from his time with the Lakers? Sound off in the comments section and share the times that you remember and enjoyed the most.