AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Add one more nationally televised game to the Heat’s schedule.
TNT announced Wednesday that it has added the Dec. 22 matchup between the Heat and Lakers at AmericanAirlines Arena to its national schedule with the game moved to 8 p.m. from its previously scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m. The Heat announced Monday they will retire Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey in a special halftime ceremony that night.
The Heat-Lakers game replaces a Celtics-Pacers national broadcast that was scheduled for that time slot.
With TNT adding Miami’s matchup against Los Angeles to its list of televised games, the Heat are now scheduled to play six nationally televised games this season. One is already in the books, as TNT televised Dwyane Wade’s return to Miami when the Bulls defeated the Heat 98-95 on Nov. 10.
O’Neal is employed by TNT as part of its NBA pregame and halftime studio crew.
O’Neal teamed up with Wade to lead Miami to the 2005-06 championship, the first in franchise history, and remains among its all-time leaders in several categories. He is first in field-goal percentage at 59.6 and third in scoring average at 19.6 points per game.