Shaquille O’Neal will always have a special place in the hearts of Los Angeles Lakers fans for being named Finals MVP in all three of the Lakers’ championships from 2000-02. Starting next season he will also have a permanent place at Staples Center.
The Lakers will retire O’Neal’s No. 34 jersey next season, team spokesman John Black confirmed Thursday.
A specific date will not be planned until the NBA releases the 2012-13 schedule this summer.
Shaquille O’Neal believes Dwight Howard should dominate because of the lack of competition at the center position.
“If Dwight doesn’t win two or three championships, I’m going to be disappointed. He doesn’t have nobody. When I came in the league, I had to go through Alonzo Mourning, Arvydas Sabonis, Kevin Duckworth, Rik Smits,” O’Neal said in an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
“Now I can’t name any other centers besides Kendrick Perkins and Andrew Bynum. Who else is there? That’s it.”
“I don’t envy him; he’s a great young player. But I’ve never seen him dog another center out. I tried to dog centers out. I went at David Robinson.”
Shaquille O’Neal’s debut as a full-fledged NBA analyst had him raving about LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. As for Chris Bosh? Apparently, Shaq’s not a big fan of his work.
During NBA TV’s show Tuesday to announce the league’s schedule for the 2011-12 season — one jeopardized by a lockout — O’Neal referred to the Heat as having a “Big 2.” Since Bosh, Wade and James teamed up in Miami, they’ve been called the “Big 3″ in many circles.
“The Miami Heat, they’ve got a lot of great players, the `Big 2.’ They will be back,” O’Neal said from Louisiana during the broadcast, when discussing the NBA finals and how Dallas was able to beat Miami for the title. “LeBron James is taking a lot of criticism, but I know LeBron very well. He hears everything that everyone is saying, so I think he’s going to come back and have an MVP year this year.”
Shaquille O’Neal will provide commentary for TNT’s NBA telecasts, sources close to Turner have confirmed to CNBC’s Darren Rovell.
The details of O’Neal’s assignment, arrangement and the number of games he will work are still unclear.
O’Neal has done occasional studio analysis work for TNT.
Shaquille O’Neal is embroiled in a criminal case in which 7 gang members allegedly kidnapped, beat up and robbed a man who claimed to have a tape showing Shaq having sex with other women while he was married to Shaunie.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Ladell Rowles — a member of the Main Street Mafia Crip Gang in L.A. who is friends with Shaq — along with 6 other members went on a search and destroy mission in L.A. on February 11, 2008. They believed a man named Robert Ross had the sex tape and they tried getting it back with the help of a gun or two.
According to the police report, the 7 gang members met up with Ross at a convenience store — Pink Dot — on the Sunset Strip. The men allegedly surrounded Ross’ Rolls Royce Phantom with guns drawn, jumped into Ross’ car and ordered him to drive to Rowles’ house in South Central L.A.
Once there, Rowles allegedly pistol whipped Ross and demanded that he turn over the sex tape. Ross said he would get the tape and bring it back to them. The 7 men then allegedly took Ross’ Rolex, diamond chain and earrings, along with $15,000 in cash — then let Ross go.
During a Friday ESPN interview, UFC president Dana White revealed that he recently spoke to Shaquille O’Neal, who voiced a desire to help the promotion as it continues its worldwide expansion.
“Shaq loves it,” White said on ESPN’s First Take. “Shaq’s been training for a long time, and actually a week before he retired, Shaq called me and said he wanted to be involved in the UFC.”
“He’s dead serious,” White said. “He said, ‘Listen, I’m going to have a lot of free time on my hands. I love this sport. I want to be involved. I want to be a part of it.’
Shaquille Oneal announces his retirement after 19 years as a dominant force in the NBA and earlier this season, sat down with Ahmad Rashad to talk about the long journey.
After a mentally exhausting season in which he was unable to overcome the effects of a right Achilles injury as a member of the Celtics, Shaquille O’Neil has decided to retire after 19 seasons.
In typical O’Neal fashion, he chose the unconventional approach of announcing his retirement via social media. He posted a short video on a new social media site called Tout in which he said:
“We did it. Nineteen years baby,” he said in the message. “I want to thank you very much, that’s why I’m telling you first, I’m about to retire. Thank you, talk to you soon.”
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