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Jimmy Kimmel Surprises Shaquille O’Neal with Staples Center Statue

Shaquille O’Neal made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night to give Guillermo a birthday spanking, talk about the spanking Blake Griffin gave a Clippers staff member and the Lambo he got his son, Shareef, for his recent 16th birthday.

During the appearance, Jimmy surprised Shaq with the news that the Lakers will be honoring him with a statue outside of Staples.  Shaq didn’t believe Jimmy but Lakers president Jeanie Buss confirmed the announcement.

We look forward to having Shaq join the other legends who have been honored with statues at STAPLES Center. 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.

Shaq will join Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and the late great Chick Hearn as the only Lakers with a statue outside of the arena.

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