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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 12:55 am  |  32 responses

Shaquille O’Neal’s Jersey Retired By the Los Angeles Lakers (VIDEO)

The Big Fella was honored in L.A. Tuesday night.

Despite the Lakers and Mavs playing a critical game with huge Playoff implications, it was all about Shaquille O’Neal tonight. The Diesel had his jersey raised to the rafters during a wonderful halftime ceremony.

(H/T: @jose3030)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Say what you want about Shaq, but nobody was as unstoppable as him. Like, ever. Jesus, they’re giving him free trips to the line to slow him down!

  • zogs19994

    THE MOST DOMINANT….AFTER WILT

  • zogs19994

    WILT…ITS HARD TO FORGET SOMEONE THAT AVG 50PPG AND 25RBS

  • robb

    PJ’s speech was kinda weird.

  • danpowers

    how many championships did wilt win…? not really as dominant as shaq was. just different times with weaker defenders. he was still a great player tho, no doubt

  • Yesse

    I think it’s hard to compare a guy from the 2000′s and a guy from the 60′s and 70′s. The game was alot different and Shaq played back in the 90′s, the era where all of the great legendary centers of the Nba were playing, yet Shaq was still dominant. If Shaq played back in those times, i think he could have played as well as Wilt if not better.

  • Yesse

    Great. I think he deserves it!

  • Viiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin

    LMAO Shaq using Cliffnotes? Totally relate-able.

  • Ugh

    This weaker defenders malarky has to stop. Wilt had two of his teeth smashed by a defender who punched him in the face to slow him down. Wilt went to the line, then finished the game, then had surgery to pull the teeth, then went back on the road. Even in the rough and hıgh defence 90s nobody was doing that to Shaq.
    Also, Shaq’s dominence came when the all tıme NBA centres (Ewing, Robinson, Olajuwan, Mourning) were aging and ailing, and history shows he didn’t beat Olajuwan or Duncan every time he needed to.

  • underdog

    You must be right, if you’re using all-caps!

  • i_ball

    You underrate Shaq. He is one of the great centers. Even early in his career his stats are out of this world – damn 24/14/3,5 as a rookie playing against all those guys in their prime.
    Well deserved!

  • playa

    Whole thing was pretty heartwarming , Shaq was tryin to look calm but one moment he was about to cry,and who can blame him.Besides that,god damn Jeannie is one fine lady even in her age,and im twenty something years old,sheeeeesh,Thank you Shaq for dominating through anybody and everybody, most of the time I was on the Kobe side cause he’s my favourite player ever,but as time has passed you realize how special was that early 2000′s laker team, how unstoppable Shaq was,and how deadly 1-2 punch they were with Kob.Pure greatness,Yesterday i read article about whole thing and saw some Dwight’s comments about all of this and one line was so funny&ridicoulus i was just shaking my head in disbelief-”first he STARTED OFF SLOW but then he won the championships and etc…..” I was like boy, if you EVER would have anything even CLOSE to Shaq’s “slow” start you would be DESTROYING league av. 27-11-3-3 and even more in play offs & lakers would be easily the best team in a league.One can dream i think…

  • dookie

    How does punching someone in the face equate to good defense?? That’s just recklessness. It’s not rocket science – the game and players were still developing during Wilt’s time – and Wilt was just too big compared to everybody else – so yes, the “weaker defenders” argument is completely valid.

    I’m confident that if another freak of nature, like Shaq or even LeBron James, played in Wilt’s era, they could put up better numbers.

  • The Seed

    Shaq looks BIG, but I would love for him to stop being a NBA analyst and work with young centers, since he has so much to say now. Shaq career is interesting from a lot of viewpoints, but it could have been more. Shaq was dominate at times, but he took some games off by not being in shape. People can talk great about him now, but he left alot he could have done on the court, by not doing alot off the court and his career was dominate for a stretch, but not his whole career. Slam, should post some of the other articles, not celebrating everything he done, but what could have been. BOOK IT!!

  • ENDS

    I did Love that they started light harted and showed all the funny moments first. And right when i thought are they gonna forget how much of a beast he was, here come the power dunk montage.

  • Guest

    SHAQ EVEN SAYS THAT WILT IS MORE DOMINANT….GTFO

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Kobe’s video tribute sucked.

    Well deserved honor for the big fella.

  • zogs19994

    WILT = 60′S

    JORDAN = 80′S

    KOBE = 00′S

    -

    IF YALL WANA TALK ABOUT ERA’S…..

  • Fat Lever

    It goes the other way too then, right? Wilt was a beast physically too, imagine if he had the access to all the equipment and technological advances in training now.

  • danpowers

    right. but it would also very probable result in “lower” numbers as todays game works a bit different than the game back then. we got zone-d nowadays. and also compare their physique and imagine which kind of numbers a guy like shaq couldve put up back then. also with a little less pounds on his hips. who knows, maybe he wouldve been even quicker.

  • danpowers

    they might played tougher but were still weaker physically. it doesnt take a perfectly trained athlete to smash somebodys teeth or to break bones. also dont forget that many post players were wearing mouth guards already back then. its almost impossible to smash teeth then ;)
    defenders didnt play shaq soft neither and even though the big stars were aging: shaq earned his rings and his dominance especially during the lakers’ rocky ways through the west to the finals were BATTLES (to only name the blazers and kings). he often faced so many bodies thrown at him, practicing “hack a shaq” that i wondered how he made it to these 3 championships without any severe injuries. and dont you remember that they beat the spurs and duncan too? if you say “one time doesnt count” then answer me one question: how many championships did shaq win and how many did wilt win?

    i even hate to play the devils advocate over here, as i never really liked shaq and never really cheered for that guy. but be fair. he deserves the respect and reputation as a sheer dominant force in basketball. wilt was also dominant but i highly doubt that he was above oneals game if you compare them during their prime.

  • RayJr

    Jeanie Buss looked amazing btw. My girlfriend couldn’t believe she was in her 50s.

  • 23

    If Shaq played in the 60s he would have had a 200 pt game

  • Shifty

    I know I was just thinking the same thing, how the hell did Jackson get into that apart from the obvious reasons.

  • rd

    WILT & RUSSELL=60′S
    DR. J= 70′SMAGIC & BIRD= 80′S
    JORDAN=90′S
    KOBE=2000′S
    LEBRON is trying to take over the 2010′s

  • LakeShow

    Great surgeons in LA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    TD & Shaq = 00′s

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    A Kobe fan putting down Shaq’s career…can’t say I have never seen that before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    There is nothing I hate more than people trying to discredit Wilt’s accomplishments by saying he went up against “weak defenders”. What kind of BS is that? All that matters at the end of the day is how dominant one was in the era he played in. Wilt was by far the most dominant player in the 60s, so that alone puts him among the Top-5 greatest players ever. No one knows for certain how dominant so and so would be in different eras.

  • danpowers

    nobody knows but it is extremely probable that his numbers wouldve been somewhere around what the 90s centers put up.

    u can say the same about shaq when he was in his prime.
    plus, wilt hat a reputation to be a selfish player who cared more about his numbers and records than about the success of his team. the number of rings kinda proof it. i cant say too much about that neither but thats what ive read so far about him. when i see clips of that guy playing it is quite obvious that most guys he played against were quite flat footed and he just some years ahead of his time.

  • T-man

    Did anyone notice they put the front of Shaq’s jersey, not the back?

  • The Philosopher

    The most dominant center in NBA History.

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