The Los Angeles Lakers will retire Shaquille O’Neals No. 34 jersey during the 2012-2013 season, reports CBS Sports.
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The Lakers, who have only retired the jerseys of seven players, were supposed to retire O’Neals jersey this season, but due to the lockout and a shortened schedule the team was not able to create an appropriate time to follow through with their original plan.
"Shaq had a long and amazing career," Laker’s owner Jerry 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." O’Neal was a four time NBA champion, three time NBA finals MVP, NBA MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year, and a 15 time NBA All-Star. Throughout his career he averaged 23.7 points, 10.9, and 2.3 blocks per game.