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Thursday
Mar282013

Jerry West Thought Heat Would Break Lakers Record

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Jerry West was a member of the 1971-72 Lakers team that won 33 straight games, a record that the Miami Heat were chasing up until their 27-game win streak was snapped Wednesday night.

West is now a front-office consultant to the Golden State Warriors and spoke with ESPN.com after Miami fell to the Bulls, 101-97 on Wednesday night.

"It's a remarkable streak. I wasn't rooting against them at all. At halftime [of the Chicago game], I thought they were going to win the game. But all you need sometimes is a few things to go wrong," West said.

"I think they're looking for bigger fish to fry. You know they're trying to win another championship, so I think this is just a blip in the road for them. But this [streak] was great for basketball. It was a great accomplishment. It creates incredible fan interest.  People will talk about this forever," West continued.

The 1971-72 Lakers can rest easy that their coveted streak still lives.

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Friday
Feb102012

Lakers to Retire Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man with too many nicknames to count -- Shaq, Superman, The Big Shaqtus and The Big Daddy among others -- will have his No. 34 jersey retired and lifted into the rafters of the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that former center Shaquille O'Neal will have his number retired sometime next season, but a specific date will not be planned until the NBA releases the 2012-13 schedule this summer.

After a 19-year Hall of Fame-worthy NBA career, O’Neal will have to think of another nickname for his jersey's retirement.

During O’Neal’s eight seasons in Los Angeles (1996-2004), the Lakers made the Finals four times, winning three championships. He also led the league in scoring while being named regular season MVP in 1999-00.

He’ll be the eighth player in Lakers franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West (No. 44), James Worthy (No. 42), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), and Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13).

It wasn’t always a perfect relationship for O’Neal with former teammate Kobe Bryant during his days in Los Angeles, but Bryant said after the Lakers Thursday night win in Boston that this was well deserved.

Only one question remains, what will the next nickname be for O’Neal? “The Big Rafter”?

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