Lakers to retire Shaq’s jersey in 2012-2013
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.