It looks like Shaquille O’Neal is up next to be immortalized in the basketball community, and all of us at Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany are so pleased to announce that we will be creating the statue!
“We look forward to having Shaq join the other legends who have been honored with statues at STAPLES Center,” said Jeanie Buss, Lakers president and co-owner. “He is a giant not only in size, but also in stature and in what he accomplished as a Laker. Shaq literally broke the ground for the site and was hugely responsible for not only getting STAPLES Center built, but for making it one of the most successful and famous arenas in the world. It’s an honor that is well deserved.”
O’Neal learned the news for the first time on-air during this Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, when he was shown a rendering of the statue above created by Omri Amrany.
Check out the moment here:
O’Neal is also rumored to be elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and during his interview, he confirmed that if he was inducted he would enter the hall as a Laker. Inductees will be unveiled in April, with the induction ceremony in September.
O’Neal’s statue will be unveiled at the STAPLES Center next Spring! On March 24, 2017, the “Shaq” O’Neal statue will be revealed in Star Plaza, its permanent location, before the Lakers Game. The ceremony is free to the public and the event will feature speeches from Shaquille O’Neal, his team members, colleagues and friends from his NBA career. Get more details and tickets here.
O’Neal has completed eight seasons as a Laker (1996-2004), had his jersey retired in April 2013, and his statue will join the other greats created by our studio in front of the Staples Center: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, and Chick Hearn.
What: Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal Statue Unveiling
When: Friday. March 24, 2017 5:00pm Ceremony & 6:05pm Unveiling
Where: Star Plaza at STAPLES Center