EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers will hold ceremonies to honor three of their all-time great players during the 2012-13 season, it was announced Thursday.
In the first of these events, on Friday November 16, the Lakers and STAPLES Center will unveil a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Star Plaza outside STAPLES Center. Kareems statue will join those of former Lakers Earvin Magic Johnson and Jerry West, former Kings hockey great Wayne Gretzky, boxer Oscar De La Hoya and former Lakers broadcaster Francis Chick Hearn.
On Friday December 28, in a halftime ceremony, the Lakers will retire jersey 52 in honor of Jamaal Wilkes, and on Tuesday April 2, will retire jersey 34 in honor of Shaquille ONeal.
Abdul-Jabbar was a member of the Lakers from 1975-1989. He finished his career as the NBAs all-time leading scorer (38,287) a record that still stands today. His accolades include six NBA Championships (1971, 80, 82, 85, 87 and 88); six-time NBA MVP (1971, 72, 74, 76, 77 and 80); 10-time ...