Former Los Angeles Lakers center and one of the most dominant big men in NBA history, Shaquille O’Neal, had his jersey retired on Tuesday night during a ceremony at the Staples Center while the Lakers were facing off against the Dallas Mavericks. Shaq became 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.
Shaq showed up to the ceremony in a nice shiny suit that would have made Craig Sager proud and the fans were out in full force ready to honor one of the most exciting and entertaining players that has ever played the game.
Here is the video ceremony:
No matter what you call him – ”The Diesel”, “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” or “The Big Conductor” — Shaq will live on forever in the rafters among the NBA greats.
Congrats to Shaq on receiving the great honor.