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
Goran 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.”
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.
“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,”
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.
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.
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.