February 9, 2012
Lakers to retire Shaq's jersey next season
By The Sports Xchange
The Lakers will retire Shaquille OíNealís No. 34 jersey next season.
For the Lakers, the ceremony wasnít a matter of if, but when. After OíNeal retired following the 2010-11 season, the Lakers announced they would retire his jersey. But no timetable was established.
The retirement ceremony did not take place this season because of the rushed schedule following the lockout, according to a tweet Thursday from NBA.com writer Scott Howard-Cooper.
OíNeal won three titles in Los Angeles while playing alongside Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers have retired seven other jerseys to date: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, No. 33; Elgin Baylor, No. 22; Wilt Chamberlain, No. 13; Gail Goodrich, No. 25; Magic Johnson, No. 32; Jerry West, No. 44; and James Worthy, No. 42.
No one is wearing No. 34 on the Lakers this season.