Shaquielle O’Neal gets his Miami Heat #32 retired tonight in a halftime ceremony which will bring the half-full arena into a frenzy. O’Neal, who was originally acquired by the Heat from the Lakers in a trade on July 14, 2004 and re-signed as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2005, played three and a half seasons in Miami, helping the Heat capture their first NBA championship in 2006. During his time in Miami, the Heat earned three-straight division titles, resulting in three consecutive postseason berths, including two Eastern Conference championship appearances. He became the first player in Heat history, and only the sixth in NBA history, to shoot at least 60 percent from the field in consecutive seasons, doing so his first two seasons in Miami in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He recorded 104 blocks during the 2005-06 campaign, and pairing with Alonzo Mourning’s 173 rejections, they became the first pair of Heat teammates in team history to each block at least 100 shots during the same season. He joins Mourning and Tim Hardaway as the only Heat players to have their jerseys retired…..and the Heat play his former team the Lakers!
This #narrative hasn’t proven to inspire the Heat to victory. On Alonzo’s retirement game, March 30th, 2009, the Heat lost to the Magic 101-95, and they (Heat) lost to the Celtics 92-85 during Tim Hardaway’s night back on October 29, 2010. Let’s celebrate Shaq’s legacy with a TNT spotlight game and hopefully DFS goodness from Hassan Whiteside & Co.
Shaun Livingston (Golden State @ Brooklyn) — played one season during the ’13-’14 season
Kyle Anderson (Spurs @ Clippers) — played college ball at UCLA
Dwayne Dedmon (Spurs @ Clippers) — played college ball at USC
Brad Stevens (Boston coach) — returns to Indianapolis where he coached Butler University
The Pacers have a “Hickory Game” tonight where they will don the replica uniforms from the GOAT sports movie, Hoosiers. In the first “Hickory Game” this season, the Pacers got run off the floor by the Suns 116-96.
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