Watch Shaquille O’Neal get his jersey retired by the Miami Heat (VIDEO)


Shaquille O’Neal is one of the NBA’s all-time great centers. He was part of four NBA championships, including three straight with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002 and with the Miami Heat in 2006. On Thursday, the Heat retired Shaq’s No. 32 jersey and hung it in the rafters at American Airlines Arena.

The ceremony took place during halftime of the matchup — coincidentally enough — between the Heat and the Lakers. During the commemoration, Shaq brought up current and former Miami teammates Alonzo Mourning and Udonis Haslem.

Shaq, who played with the Heat for three-and-a-half seasons between 2004-2008, thanked both Haslem and Mourning for being consummate professionals, and said he couldn’t have helped the Heat win the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2006 without both players.

The TNT analyst then moved on to praise Pat Riley, Miami’s fans, the Arison family, and mentioned that he was disappointed Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade couldn’t be there to see his jersey raised to the rafters.

It was a special night in Miami, and Shaq will forever have his imprint on that franchise.

Plus, check out the Hall of Fame ring Shaq wore to this thing:

Good on the Heat for retiring the Hall of Fame center’s jersey.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.