Shaquille O’Neal’s jerseys already hang in the rafters of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and Staples Center. In December, the former LSU star will add a third arena to that list.
The Miami Heat announced that they will retire Shaq’s No. 32 jersey in a ceremony before their Dec. 22 game against, who else, the Lakers.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 21, 2016
O’Neal starred for eight seasons in Los Angeles before being traded to Miami, where he added one more championship (2006) in four seasons to the three straight he won with the Lakers from 2000-02. He averaged more than 19 points and nearly 10 rebounds a game with the Heat, while playing a pivotal role as Dwyane Wade’s accompaniment on the Heat’s pre-Big Three championship team.
O’Neal has moved onto a successful broadcasting career (and Icy Hot spokesman) since retiring after the 2010-11 season. Although Shaq has been nothing if not unpredictable, it’s difficult to imagine him expanding his collection of retired numbers past three. He, of course, started his career with four seasons in Orlando and also spent time in Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston, but his career highlights came while wearing purple and gold — and red and black.