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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat have announced that the team will retire center Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey in a ceremony at the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
O’Neal will join Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway as the only players to have their jersey retired by the team.
Shaq’s career lasted 19 seasons in the NBA, where he won four NBA Championships and was named NBA Finals MVP three times.
He was selected to 15 NBA All-Star Games and was named All-Star Game MVP three times.
O’Neal was also an NBA MVP and the league’s Rookie of the Year.
“Shaquille O’Neal is one of the truly elite players in the history of the game and one of the greatest players to ever wear a Heat uniform,” said Heat President Pat Riley. “He took us to another level as a basketball franchise while leading us to our first NBA championship. Retiring his number in the rafters, along with Heat greats Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, is something we are very proud of.”
O’Neal played three and a half seasons with the Heat, helping the team claim its first NBA Championship in 2006.
Miami won three consecutive division titles while Shaq was a member of the Heat, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals twice.