*Although the way he left, wasn’t under the best of circumstances – calling owner Jerry Buss all kinds of names, etc. that we can’t print here – all is apparently forgiven now ’cause the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday they will retire the No. 34 jersey of former center Shaquille O’Neal on April 2 when they host the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.
O’Neal, who won three NBA championships and one regular-season most-valuable-player award during his eight seasons with the team, last played for the Lakers in 2004. He also won an NBA title with the Miami Heat in 2006.
O’Neal, 40, retired in 2011 after playing one season with Boston.
The Lakers also said they will retire the uniform number of former forward Jamaal Wilkes, who was a member of three NBA championship teams during the Lakers’ Showtime Era in the 1980s. Wilkes, who was nicknamed “Silk,” will have his No. 52 jersey retired Dec. 28 at Staples Center at halftime when the Lakers host the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Lakers also formally announced that on Nov. 16 at Staples Center’s Star Plaza, they will unveil a statue of Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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