Today is a big day for Shaquille O'Neal.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday night that they will honor O'Neal with a statue that will be unveiled during the 2016-17 season.
"We look forward to having Shaq join the other legends who have been honored with statues at STAPLES Center," Jeanie Buss, Lakers president and co-owner, said in a statement. "He is a giant not only in size, but also in stature and in what he accomplished as a Laker. Shaq literally broke the ground for the site, and was hugely responsible for not only getting STAPLES Center built, but for making it one of the most successful and famous arenas in the world. It's an honor that is well deserved."
O'Neal played eight seasons for the Lakers (1996-2004), teaming with Kobe Bryant to win the championship in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was the 1999-2000 NBA MVP and the NBA Finals MVP for all three of those Lakers titles. His statue will join those of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya outside Staples Center.
SHAQ was a game changing player in the NBA. His size, grace and scoring ability was unreal. At one point, he was so tough to guard that teams employed the "Hack or Shaq" style of play, opting to send him to the line instead of giving him easy baskets near the rim.
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