You could search for every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day and you wouldn’t be able to find a single NBA player with a larger personality than hall of famer Shaquille O’Neal. His presence off the court as it is on, and he’s definitely not one to shy away from the fact that he’s Shaq. The Big Aristotle. Diesel.
So it makes sense for the LA Lakers to go all-out in their celebration for the unveiling of the statue made in his honor outside of the Staples Center Friday night.
One of their decisions to honor Mayor McShaq is to have their players suit up in special socks from Stance:
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 24, 2017
There will also be a few other Lakers legends who will attend the event, including Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and even Phil Jackson. Unfortunately Magic Johnson will not be on hand, with his new position as President of the LA Lakers he will attend the game between UCLA and the University of Kentucky in order to scout top prospects first-hand.
The unveiling will mark the eighth statue outside of the Staples Center, as Superman now joins Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, West, hockey legends Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille, boxer Oscar De La Hoya and long time Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. (We all know Kobe’s is coming soon too.)
Anticipation for Friday night is very high and I think it’s pretty fair to say that just about everyone is looking forward to the unveiling. It’s hard to not considering in 8 seasons with the Lakers, Shaq Daddy averaged 27.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 blocks, while shooting 57.5 percent from the field. He accompanied that with 7 all-star appearences, 2 all-star MVPs, 1 regular season MVP, 3 NBA Championships and 3 NBA Finals MVPs.
He another perfect representation of Lakers basketball, and deserves as many statues as we can possibly give him.
Here’s to you Dr. Shaq, I think I speak for us all when I say congratulations, and thank you.
The ceremony is expected to begin at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time with the unveiling set for 4:45 p.m., and can be viewed on NBATV.