Lakers Announce Shaquille O’Neal Statue to Be Unveiled Next Season

January 28th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to unveil a statue of legendary center Shaquille O'Neal outside Staples Center during the 2016-17 season, the team announced in a statement. 

Said Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss:

We look forward to having Shaq join the other legends who have been honored with statues at STAPLES Center. He is a giant not only in size, but also in stature and in what he accomplished as a Laker. Shaq literally broke the ground for the site, and was hugely responsible for not only getting STAPLES Center built, but for making it one of the most successful and famous arenas in the world. It's an honor that is well deserved.

A screen shot captured by Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News indicated O'Neal was surprised with the news during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!: 

Shaq joins Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn as the only people affiliated with the purple and gold to be immortalized with statues outside Staples Center.  

O'Neal was one of the most dominant players ever ...

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