Miami Heat Retires Shaquille O’Neal’s Jersey Number

Shaquille O' Neal Jersey number 32 playing against the Lakers

“Shaq” #32 NBA Photo

The Miami Heat will permanently retire jersey #32. The previous wearer of that number is the infamous Shaquille O’ Neal, one of the NBA’s most elite players.

O’Neal and Dwyane Wade helped the Heat achieve their first NBA Championship in 2006. During the four seasons that “Shaq” played with the team, he averaged 19.6 points and 9.1 rebounds. He led in other categories such as blocks, points and field-goal percentages. His rookie season with the Orlando Magic in 1992 resulted with him scoring in the Top 10 for scoring, rebounding, blocks and shooting percentage. By the end of the 90s, he also played with the All-Star NBA Third, Second and First Teams multiple times. In 2000 he was deemed the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. During the 2006-2007 season, prior to his last period with the Miami Heat, he scored his 25,000th point. The basketball phenom finally retired in 2011 and afterwards became a sports analyst alongside other NBA greats Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. 

Other Miami Heat players whose jersey numbers were retired in the past included Alonzo Mourning (#33) and Tim Hardaway (#10). In 2003, the team honored Michael Jordan by retiring his number (#23) although he was never a Heat basketball player.

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