Originally written on Ballertainment  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Ballertainment Lakers retire Shaquille O’Neal’s #34 jersey at Staples Center Shaquille O’Neal stood at half court of Staples Center Tuesday, flanked by his children and his mother night to watch his #34 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters by the Los Angeles Lakers. A congratulatory video from Kobe Bryant was aired and Phil Jackson shared heartfelt sentiments on behalf of the Lakers organization, reminiscing about a few of Shaq’s most memorable antics. Lakers EVP Jeanie Buss was emotional as she thanked Shaq for his “talent,” “sense of humor,” and “winning” before she led the countdown to the unveiling of the jersey, which hangs next to that of Magic Johnson’s. As the crowd cheered, Shaq took the mic and offered his signature phrase of “Can you dig it?” He dedicated the occasion to the late Dr. Jerry Buss, thanked his mom, saluted his dad, thanked his six children, as well as Jerry West, and Coach Phil Jackson (when he thanked Jackson, the entire arena erupted in a “We want Phil!” chant). And, of course he gave major love to all the Lakers fans. Celebrity fans Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Steve Jackson, Ari Emanuel, Norm Pattiz, Diane Cannon, Penny Marshall, and the ever present Jimmy Goldstein, all received a shout from Shaq. O’Neal, who retired from the NBA in June 2011, joined the Lakers in 1996, after playing his first four years in the league with the Orlando Magic. In his eight seasons with the Lakers the team won three championships (2000, 2001, 2002). Ballertain a friend... Ballertainment - Sports Entertainment, Gossip, Lifestyle, and News

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Pats employee taking footballs into bathroom on video

Greg Anthony caught offering $80 to undercover officer for sex

Robert Kraft wants apology from NFL if nothing found

NFL may be very close to returning to Los Angeles

Report: Kobe definitely returning next season


Report: Yankees don't want to pay A-Rod home run bonuses

Browner wants Patriots to injure Sherman, Thomas

Report: Rams, other teams interested in Nick Foles

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt' in Deflategate controversy

Odell Beckham Jr. says he played with two hamstring tears

Pete Carroll empathizes with Belichick, Pats in Deflategate

Six best Super Bowl coaches of all-time

Five key matchups for Super Bowl XLIX

Early B1G predictions for 2015

Remembering Ernie Banks

Allenby rang up $3,400 strip club bill on night of 'kidnapping'

Brady's dad: QB's relationship with Pats 'will end badly'

WATCH: Skittles Super Bowl commercial looks ridiculous

The five best Super Bowl defenses of all time

Mark Brunell explains why he got emotional over Deflategate

NFL was profiting off Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab

NFL finally getting its own YouTube channel

20 most amazing stats in Super Bowl history

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Six best Super Bowl coaches of all-time

Five key matchups for Super Bowl XLIX

Early Big Ten predictions for 2015

Remembering Ernie Banks

Pats employee took footballs into restroom?

Report: Kobe not retiring

More questions about Allenby's story

Yanks don't want to pay A-Rod bonuses

Looking back at Super Bowls 1-48

Super Bowl MVPs through the years

The five best Super Bowl defenses

Burnell explains why he got emotional

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.