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Tuesday night’s Lakers ceremony retiring Shaquille O’Neal‘s jersey was a special affair. Jack Nicholson appeared, the fans chanted for Phil Jackson to return, and even O’Neal and Kobe Bryant appeared to be getting on good footing as Los Angeles honored No. 34.
But, as tends to happen in some special moments, the Lakers got one little detail wrong. That little detail is now on display for anyone looking to size up Shaq against the rest of the legendary Lakers.
While the jersey replica the Lakers gave O’Neal in a frame was a regular, name-on-the-back shirt, the jersey that was lifted into the rafters Tuesday night was a bit askew. Rather than having O’Neal’s name displayed on the back of a jersey, as is custom, O’Neal’s name and number appear under a notched neck — obviously the front of the jersey. It’s a small mistake but one that may lead to a little switcheroo during nongame hours, unless the Lakers want the backwards jersey to be a permanent addition to their collection.
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Since the Los Angeles Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's jersey tonight, you knew that the Lakers would reach out to former teammate Kobe Bryant to say some words about Shaq.Below is the full message that Kobe delivered to the Staples Center crowd:
It takes a lot for Kobe Bryant to admit his mortality.
He played an entire season with a torn pinky (wining a gold medal and a championship when he really needed surgery). He had a severely sprained ankle that had him out indfinitely -- he did not miss a game and tried to give it a go the next time out.
Bryant, even with 16 years under his belt, cannot stop father time. It is...
Mark Cuban couldn’t help but poke some fun at his former rival, Phil Jackson, who was at Staples Center Tuesday for Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey retirement during the Mavs-Lakers game. Jackson, who got engaged to daughter of the late Jerry Buss and Lakers Executive Vice President, Jeanie Buss, in January, is now considered the “first housewife of the Lakers,” at least according...
Shaquille O’Neal played eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. From 2000 to 2002 he helped the Lakers win three straight championships. Last night the Lakers honored Shaq with retiring his number during the Lakers Mavericks game.
During the ceremony fans heard from Phil Jackson and the fans cheered and chanted “We want Phil!” Plus fans got to see the winning personality...
Javaris Crittenton seemed like he had potential in the NBA. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, he saw some playing time in a Phil Jackson system that gave [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had 24 points and nine assists, Pau Gasol added 19 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers stayed in the final playoff position in the Western Conference with an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Dwight Howard hit a free throw with 4.1 seconds left for the Lakers, who have won three straight in the final weeks of their desperate...
LOS ANGELES -- As is the norm when Shaquille ONeal and Kobe Bryant are involved, ONeals jersey retirement ceremony was a mixture of happiness, celebration and oddity.
Bringing back fond Lakers championship memories on Tuesday night at Staples Center, Shaq began his speech by yelling, Can you dig it?, which he did after the Lakers won their first three championships of the Phil...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in his 19th career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 101-81 Tuesday night in a key game for the two teams struggling to get into the Western Conference playoff picture. Dwight Howard had 24 points and 12 rebounds while hitting seven fourth-quarter free throws for the Lakers...
Over the weekend Magic Johnson came out in support of his openly gay son Earvin Johnson III and said he could be any happier for his 20-year-old kid. The former NBA great told TMZ that he and his wife Cookie "support him in every way" and "we're very proud of him."
Kobe Bryant was so impressed by Magic's stand on his son's personal life, he lauded...
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