Los Angeles - Shaquille O'Neal will soar at the Staples Centre again when the Los
Angeles Lakers unveil a bronze statue of the NBA Hall of Famer next
The nine-foot (2.74m) bronze likeness portrays the larger-than-life
Lakers great flying in mid-dunk and will be suspended 10 feet (3m) above
the ground outside the arena.
O'Neal played for the Lakers from 1996-2004, helping the team to three straight NBA titles from 2000-2002.
He earned NBA Finals Most Valuable Player honors each of those years.
The Lakers had announced in January that the sculpture was in the
The image will join that of other Los Angeles sports icons that
already decorate Staples Centre, including those of former NBA stars
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Jerry West, NHL great
Wayne Gretzky, boxer Oscar de la Hoya and sports broadcaster Chick