Shaquille O’Neal’s presence sparked applause. His speech prompted laughs. And the moment the Lakers unveiled O’Neal’s No. 34 retired jersey at the Staples Center rafters Tuesday night, camera flashes permeated the arena.
Lakers fans will have to retake their pictures.
The Lakers featured O’Neal’s name stretched across the front of a Lakers jersey instead of the back.
“We will get the new jersey and put it up as soon as possible,” Lakers spokesman John Black wrote in an email.
Black then added, “hopefully we can get it done in about a week or so.”
O’Neal’s jersey has a V-shape neckline associated with the front instead of a more rounded one for the back reserved for the others hung around Staples Center, including Lakers legends Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Gail Goodrich and Jamaal Wilkes.
O’Neal didn’t appear to notice the mistake during his ceremony at halftime of the Lakers’ 101-81 victory Tuesday over the Dallas Mavericks. He graciously thanked former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, West, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson as well as the fans for their role in helping him win three NBA championships during his eight seasons with the team.
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