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Shaquille O'Neal To Join Jamaal Wilkes As Retired Lakers Jerseys Next Season

With the announcement of the Los Angeles Lakers deciding to erect a statue of Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar outside of the Staples Center came news of another Lakers great having his number retired.

Shaquille O'Neal's No. 34 will join Jamaal Wilkes' No. 52 as jerseys to be retired next season, according to a tweet from ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi.

While Abdul-Jabbar will take his place alongside Lakers legends Jerry West, Chick Hearn and Magic Johnson, O'Neal and Wilkes will finally take their places alongside the long line of retired greats to come through the Lakers organization.

O'Neal was NBA MVP in 2000 and led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships (2000-2002), winning Finals MVP all three times.

Wilkes was a major cog on three of the Lakers' five championship teams in the 1980s and played for the Lakers from 1977 to 1985. Wilkes was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012. Wilkes' jersey retirement was originally announced in April.

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