Lakers plan Kareem statue, honors for Shaq, Wilkes
The Los Angeles Lakers will unveil a statue of Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar and retire the jerseys of Shaquille O’Neal and Jamaal
Wilkes during the upcoming season.
The Lakers confirmed the long-planned honors Thursday.
The statue of Abdul-Jabbar will be unveiled in Staples Center’s
Star Plaza on Nov. 16, joining statues of Magic Johnson, Jerry West
and broadcaster Chick Hearn. The NBA’s career scoring leader won
five of his six championship rings during 14 seasons in Los
Wilkes’ No. 52 jersey will be retired on Dec. 28, and O’Neal’s
No. 34 jersey will be retired on April 2.
Wilkes spent seven seasons with the Lakers and was elected to
the Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year.
O’Neal spent eight seasons in Los Angeles from 1996-2004,
winning three NBA titles.