Next season will likely be a busy one for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Not only will they have to deal with Kobe Bryant’s retirement and the ceremonies that are likely to follow, but they will also have to set aside a date to honor one of their many legendary big men.
While appearing as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, Shaquille O’Neal discovered that he is set to be immortalised with a statue outside Staples Center.
Check it out, the statue looks super cool:
O’Neal, who had his jersey retired by the team a few seasons ago, signed with the Lakers as a free agent in 1996 and won three championships while playing alongside Bryant.
“We look forward to having Shaq join the other legends who have been honored with statues at STAPLES Center,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
While with the purple and gold, O’Neal won MVP of the league in 2000 and Finals MVP in three consecutive seasons.