Posted April 04, 2013

Lakers to correct error on Shaquille O’Neal’s retired jersey

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The Lakers put Shaq's name on the wrong side of his retired jersey. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

The Lakers put Shaq’s name on the wrong side of his retired jersey. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Call it the big error for the Big Aristotle.

The Los Angeles Lakers admitted to accidentally placing Shaq’s last name on the wrong side of his jersey when the franchise retired his number to the rafters on Tuesday at Staples Center. All of the other Lakers greats have their last name on the back of their jersey, as it should be, but “O’Neal” was mistakenly placed on the front of his jersey and hung without correction.

The news was first reported by Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones and later confirmed by the Lakers via tweets from Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports blog Ball Don’t Lie. The statement from the Lakers said it could take a few weeks to hang a new, correct version of the retired jersey for all to see. But Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times reported that a Lakers spokesperson said the franchise hopes to have it up by the time the team hosts the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.


4 comments
Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

Whomever had the oversight about something on such a large public stage there's only one word:

D-u-m-b-a-s-s.

pooloo2094
pooloo2094

The Lakers are a mess...such a thing would never have happened under Dr. Buss. Just one thing after another. This is on the level of 'Natinals' and mistakes of lesser franchises. Not something you would expect from marquee squads of any league...

MichaelVincentHeise
MichaelVincentHeise

 @pooloo2094  lol dont be a hater...the lakers are winners face it i bet your just happy your hometown teams makes the playoffs lol