In a tweet, the Miami Heat announced that they would retiring the jersey number of Shaquille O’Neal at the start of next season.
O’Neal played for the Heat from 2004 to 2008 and won a championship with the team in 2006.
During O’Neal’s career in South Florida, Miami won three-straight division titles, and played in two Eastern Conference championships.
O’Neal wore number 32 during his time with the Heat.
“Shaquille O’Neal is one of the truly elite players in the history of the game and one of the greatest players to ever wear a HEAT uniform,” Heat President Pat Riley said in a press release. “He took us to another level as a basketball franchise while leading us to our first NBA championship. Retiring his number in the rafters, along with HEAT greats Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, is something we are very proud of.”
O’Neal still holds the record as Miami’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (.596) according to the press release.
We’re Shaq’ing Up!
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 9, 2016
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