The Los Angeles Lakers sure do know how to deflate an argument before it even starts. Either that, or they read our take on why the franchise unquestionably owes it to Shaquille O’Neal to retire his jersey.
Yesterday, shortly after O’Neal announced his retirement via Twitter, his former team confirmed that it will retire his jersey.
In an email to ESPN, Lakers spokesman John Black had this to say:
"We don't have any specific timetable on this, but you can be assured we will retire Shaq's jersey.
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"We don't have a specific policy on it," Black wrote. "As you know, players have to wait five years to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but we could possibly do a jersey retirement ceremony for Shaq prior to that."
Will the team wait until Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement to honor his former teammate and sometimes-rival? Apparently not.
"At this point in time I'd guess there's a really good chance that Kobe will still be playing in five years, and by that time Shaq will be elected to the HOF and we will have retired his jersey." Black wrote.
O’Neal, at the time of his jersey retirement, will likely become the eighth player to receive that honor from the Lakers. Shaquille O'Neal won three championships and three Finals MVPs while playing for the Lakers.