Shaquille O'Neal to have No. 32 jersey retired by Heat

NBA Basketball

Shaquille O’Neal will be honored by one of his former teams.

The NBA legend will have his No. 32 jersey retired by the Heat in a ceremony at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, the team announced Tuesday.

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O’Neal will join Heat greats Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway as the only three Miami players to have their jerseys retired.

“Shaquille O’Neal is one of the truly elite players in the history of the game and one of the greatest players to ever wear a Heat uniform,” president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He took us to another level as a basketball franchise while leading us to our first NBA championship. Retiring his number in the rafters, along with Heat greats Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, is something we are very proud of.”

O’Neal, who was acquired by the Heat in a trade with the Lakers in July 2004, played 3 1/2 seasons in Miami and helped the team capture its first championship in 2006. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (59.6 percent) and is third in scoring average (19.6 points per game).

Throughout his NBA career that spanned 19 seasons and six teams, O’Neal

won four titles, three NBA Finals MVP Awardss, 15 All-Star selections, three All-Star MVP’s, a regular season NBA MVP and a Rookie of the Year award. He appeared in 1,207 career regular season NBA games, starting all but 10, and averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.26 blocks. O’Neal is regarded as one of the greatest players in NBA history, ranking seventh in points (28,596), eighth in blocks (2,732) and 14th in rebounds (13,099).