Everything we wrote about Shaq’s number retirement ceremony with Heat … so far

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MIAMI – In case you somehow missed it, Shaquille O’Neal is in town for his jersey retirement ceremony tonight.

Shaq will be part of the TNT crew calling the Heat’s nationally-televised game against the Lakers and at halftime will walk on the floor to see his No. 32 raised to the rafters.

We have been all over the retiring of Shaq’s number with more stories than any other publication in case you missed them so far here you go.

Make that two dozen donuts, please

Philadelphia 76ers v Phoenix SunsGoran Dragic has a unique Shaq experience. As a 22-year-old rookie, Dragic was O’Neal’s teammate on the Phoenix Suns during the 2008-09 season.  It’s unique because O’Neal made sure Dragic fulfilled his rookie obligations.

“First of all, for every home game I had to bring 24 doughnuts,” Dragic said with a smile. “At that time nobody ate doughnuts, only Shaq.”

Read about Dragic’s experience with Shaq here.

 

Haslem the real hero

Shaq becomes the third Heat player to have his number retired. But he will not be the last with Dwyane Wade one day surely to join him, among others.

And then there he one player still wearing a Heat uniform who Shaq believes should see his number raised to the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena.

 “UD doesn’t get a lot of credit but he was the heart and soul of our team,” Shaq said Wednesday about Udonis Haslem and the Heat’s 2006 title team.

“He’s a guy that came to work every day, did whatever the organization asked of him. He even took less money a couple of times just to stay with the Heat. He should also get his jersey retired because he’s my hero,”

Read more here.

All business on and off the court

Ron Rothstein, was a Heat assistant coach during Shaq’s time in Miami. The first coach in Heat history had some interesting stories for our latest question and answer segment we will bring you throughout the season.

Read what Rothstein had to say here.

riley-shaqNot a happy ending

Shaq’s time with the Heat was short-lived and did not end well.

Shaq criticized the Heat and Pat Riley after he was dealt to the Suns during the 2007-08 season.

Read what he had to say here.

 

Now, about that promise you made

Shaq had made a lot of promises during his career and a few after he was acquired by the Heat in the summer of 2004.

For the most part, he kept them, including his pledge to bring the Heat a championship.

But one he still has not fulfilled and Haslem will not let the Big Fella forget.

 “I’m still waiting on that Bentley he promised if we won the championship in 2006,” Haslem said.

Read more on Shaq’s unfulfilled promise and how he never expected to have his number retired by the Heat here.

Shaq larger than life

Not to be outdone, the Lakers announced Tuesday they will officially unveil a statue of Shaq outside the Staples Center on March 24, 2017. The announcement came two days before Shaq’s No. 32 will be retired by the Heat.

More here.

Five memorable moments

Anytime Shaq is around memorable/silly moments are a given. Shaq had many on and off the court during his brief tenure in Miami. We came up with five.

Read them here.

 

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