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Lakers' Jerry Buss Releases Statement On Shaq Retirement

The retirement of future Hall of Fame center Shaquille O`Neal on Wednesday has elicited numerous responses from the basketball world. Shaq played 19 seasons in the NBA, but will be most remembered for his eight years in Los Angeles, when he won three championships. Today, Lakers' owner Jerry Buss released a statement on the retirement of The Diesel:

"Shaq had a long and amazing career, with a huge impact both on and off the court. His contributions were significant to the entire NBA, but we specifically appreciate what he did with and what he meant to the Lakers during his eight years with us. We have three championships that we wouldn’t have won without him, and we will forever be grateful for his significant contributions to those teams."

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