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KB-Pau-DH2012
02-09-2012, 03:27 PM
SHowardCooper Scott Howard-Cooper
by EricPincus
Indications are Lakers will retire @Shaq uniform No. 34 next season. Brief delay due to rush of schedule, not any doubt it would happen.
1 hour ago

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/34771445


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

NYKnickFanatic
02-09-2012, 03:31 PM
:clap: Next Kobe. But will it be #8 or #24?

LakersSaintsLSU
02-09-2012, 03:32 PM
gotta be both

KB-Pau-DH2012
02-09-2012, 03:33 PM
:clap: Next Kobe. But will it be #8 or #24?

Neither, instead of a number, it should say: "You're Welcome"

Pakman
02-09-2012, 03:34 PM
Hope its #24 for kobe.

nickdymez
02-09-2012, 03:38 PM
Both should be retired for Kobe. Glad Shaq will get some props

Gritz
02-09-2012, 04:03 PM
Retire Kobe's infiniti sign

Raph12
02-09-2012, 04:05 PM
Shaq deserves it, it was the longest tenure of his NBA career...

Gram
02-09-2012, 04:10 PM
I heard Sactown is gonna retire Cousins's during the same year.

WickedProphet
02-09-2012, 07:04 PM
O誰eal, who retired after last season, played for the Lakers from 1996-2004, and is still currently the only player to win a championship after signing a max contract with another team in free agency. During his time with the Lakers, O誰eal won 3 Finals MVPs, 3 championships, and distinguished himself as one of the greatest centers of all time. He also famously feuded with Kobe Bryant, and was traded for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant the day before Bryant, then a free-agent, re-signed with the Lakers. The move appeared to hurt the Lakers in the short-term, as they missed the playoffs the year after trading Shaq and O誰eal won a championship with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in 2006.

However, the move worked out for the Lakers in the long run, as they won 2 championships after trading for Pau Gasol, with Bryant winning the Finals MVP award both times. Due to O誰eal痴 penchant for burning bridges, it may have seemed like there was a possibility that no team would retire his jersey, but it looks like the Lakers will allow O誰eal to join an exclusive club that includes players like Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Elgin Baylor.


Source: NBCSports.com (http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/09/report-lakers-to-retire-shaqs-34-next-season/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)

Chacarron
02-09-2012, 07:08 PM
Already posted mayne.

JNA17
02-09-2012, 07:08 PM
The first time the lakers retired a jersey of a player who was also on the celtics! :speechless:

LAKobeBryant
02-09-2012, 07:12 PM
The first time the lakers retired a jersey of a player who was also on the celtics! :speechless:

^ lol but its shaq!

WickedProphet
02-09-2012, 07:12 PM
Already posted mayne.

my bad

KB-Pau-DH2012
02-10-2012, 12:14 AM
The first time the lakers retired a jersey of a player who was also on the celtics! :speechless:

Interesting fact, Bill Sharman, who formed the legendary backcourt with Bob Cousy in Boston won 4 NBA titles as a player with the Celtics.

Then, Bill Sharman led the Lakers to their first NBA Championship in Los Angeles in 1972 as the head coach.

JNA17
02-10-2012, 12:20 AM
Interesting fact, Bill Sharman, who formed the legendary backcourt with Bob Cousy in Boston won 4 NBA titles as a player with the Celtics.

Then, Bill Sharman led the Lakers to their first NBA Championship in Los Angeles in 1972 as the head coach.

For now on, I shall call you Mr. Lakerpedia!

49erGiantLaker
02-10-2012, 12:23 AM
Well deserved.

Lakeshow24KB
02-10-2012, 12:35 AM
For now on, I shall call you Mr. Lakerpedia!

Lol seriously. He knows everything.

RaiderLakersA's
02-10-2012, 01:00 AM
:clap:

Gibby
02-10-2012, 01:19 AM
well deserved!

numba1CHANGsta
02-10-2012, 01:23 AM
Congrats Shaq!

Next up Kobe! and then Luke Walton!! :clap:

Jenceman
02-10-2012, 04:14 AM
Nice

Chavacano
02-10-2012, 12:00 PM
Congrats Shaq!

Next up Kobe! and then Luke Walton!! :clap:

All NBA teams should retire Luke's jersey number. :cool:

Congrats Shaq! He played his best years wearing purple and gold. :clap:

NBA_Starter
02-10-2012, 04:58 PM
Nice move by them and well deserved!

beliges
02-10-2012, 05:38 PM
Congrats Shaq!

Next up Kobe! and then Luke Walton!! :clap:

Kobe will get his statute. Staples is and forever will be his house.