Where Should Shaq Retire His Jersey?
Old 01-12-2009, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Orlando was his first team, the place where he wreaked havoc on backboards and produced his greatest highlights and led a franchise to the only NBA Finals appearance in its history. Yet, he also left the Magic in a lurch, the most significant free agent departure in NBA history.

He had his best years in Los Angeles, winning three consecutive championships and his lone Most Valuable Player award. But this breakup was even more acrimonious, an inevitable result of his feud with Kobe Bryant, a departure further sullied by cheap shots he took at owner Jerry Buss and the city of Los Angeles.

He was a big part of the Heat's first NBA championship, then his body broke down and the Miami shipped him out to the desert, followed by more critiques of his former team.

Shaq instantly became the best center in the Suns' big man-deficient history, even at this late stage in his career. He hasn't done enough to warrant a ceremony there (although he does deserve to play in the All-Star Game at USAirways Center next month). That would be like thinking of Ice Cube as representing the Westside Connection instead of N.W.A.

So where would Shaq prefer to have his giant jersey hang?

"Hopefully it'll be here," he said, walking through the hallway in Staples Center. "I was part of the greatest one-two punch in Laker history. Hopefully they still remember that.

"In a perfect world, I have four teams, I'd be the first guy standing there with all four jerseys, number retired in all four places. It's not something I really think about. If I had my first wish, it would be here. Because when I first came here, I made the statement I would love to have my name next to Kareem and those greats."

The phrase O'Neal used to use was "I want to be on both sides of the Forum", meaning the wall where they hung the championship banners and the wall where they hung the retired numbers. The team's venue has changed. The sentiment hasn't. At some point he and the Lakers will have to put their differences aside and do the right thing. Three championships are three championships.

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Los Angeles. He only spent what? 3-4 years in Orlando? When I think of Shaq, i'll remember more of what he did in Los Angeles than in Orlando, Miami or Phoenix.
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i'd say LA.
thats where he played his best games, and won his titles.
everywhere else, with the exception of the championship in Miami is a blip on the radar.

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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On a side note.
What about Carter?
Should he retire his jersey here?
And if he does would you boo or celebrate?
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Carter isnt good enough to retire his jersey anywhere.

Shaq should do it in LA.
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I say LA - and maybe Orlando, just because my first memory of Shaq was of him in a Magic uniform.
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shaq and penny had some good years in orlando and im pretty sure orlando will retire his jersey.
theres way too many good memories there of shaq.
i know he won rings with miami and la but orlando definately loves him more.
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shaq and penny had some good years in orlando and im pretty sure orlando will retire his jersey.
theres way too many good memories there of shaq.
i know he won rings with miami and la but orlando definately loves him more.
what, couldn't squeeze in a dig at jose?
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Have a Shaq week in the NBA. Every other day retire his jersey in a different city.
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multiple teams could retire his jersey, so the real question is who's jersey does he wear when he's inducted into the hall of fame?
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multiple teams could retire his jersey, so the real question is who's jersey does he wear when he's inducted into the hall of fame?
Didn't Raptors try and do that with Hakeem?
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Didn't Raptors try and do that with Hakeem?
try and do what? retire his jersey???
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multiple teams could retire his jersey, so the real question is who's jersey does he wear when he's inducted into the hall of fame?
He's big enough to have 3 jerseys stitched together.
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