Almost 20 years after Kazaam and Steel, he’s still not done making subpar movies. TNT premiered the trailer for the Grown Ups sequel, starring The Big Thespian. O'Neal gave an assist to the film's publicity by shouting out Adam Sandler during his speech before it premiered during the break.
Shaq is the ninth Laker player to get his jersey hung from the rafters. O'Neal kept alluding to the expedient retirement of his jersey two years after he hung up his size 22s permanently. To get a perspective on how uncommon that is, keep in mind that Jamaal Wilkes’ jersey wasn’t retired until December 28, 2012. That’s 27 years after he retired in 1985.
Here are moving pictures from Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s jersey retirement ceremony. It took a few more years for the Lakers to get his statue bronzed. If you clicked on the link, you'll notice they honored Abdul-Jabbar before tip-off so Magic could speak at his ceremony. The highlight comes at the 8:22 mark when Johnson quotes Tina Turner.
Extremely weak that with his team leading by 15 points, Kobe couldn't walk out of locker room to personally congratulate Shaq..— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) April 3, 2013
Conversely, Bryant spent O'Neal’s entire jersey retirement ceremony in the locker room. On February 16, 1992, just three months after he announced his retirement from the NBA due to his AIDS diagnosis, the Lakers also retired Magic Johnson’s jersey. It was a somber affair because nobody was sure how long Johnson would live, but in retrospect Chick Hearn’s commentary on Larry Bird’s bad back after his lonnngg flight to LA to Norm Nixon’s knee added a shade of unintentional comedy to the entire affair.
The Adam Sandler shout-out by Shaq was a product placement, wasn't it?— Tom Ziller (@teamziller) April 3, 2013
Shaq must be in Jack and Jill 2: Shaq and Jill— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) April 3, 2013
Of all the bigwig Hollywood fans O’Neal gave a nod to, he purposely left out Larry David.
Now that Lakers routinely out-circus Yanks ... who else thought they'd announce, Bob Lemon/Billy Martin style, Phil back as coach in 2015?— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 3, 2013
Next to Magic, below West, Stilt adjacent. Good real estate.— Jared Wade (@Jared_Wade) April 3, 2013
Whoa. Dr. Dre even took a day off from finishing Detox to show for this ceremony.— Jared Wade (@Jared_Wade) April 3, 2013