MIAMI – The Miami Heat announced Monday that the team will retire the jersey number worn by Shaquille O'Neal when the Heat hosts the Los Angeles Lakers next month.
O'Neal will be honored in a special halftime ceremony during the Dec. 22 game between his former teams.
O'Neal's No. 32 will hang from the rafters of the American Airlines Arena, joining Tim Hardaway's No. 10 and Alonzo Mourning's No. 33.
The former Heat star spent four seasons with Miami, leading the team to its first NBA championship in 2006. Before joining the Heat, O'Neal spent eight seasons with the Lakers, helping them to win three consecutive championships.
O'Neal was the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Orlando Magic in 1992 and spent 19 seasons in the NBA. The three-time NBA Finals MVP remains the Heat's all-time leader in field-goal percentage (.596). His 28,596 points are the seventh most in NBA history, and he ranks eighth in NBA history with 2,732 blocks.