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The Lakers messed up Shaq's jersey retirement

9:05 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports
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(USA TODAY) -- By all accounts, Shaquille O'Neal's jersey retirement ceremony Tuesday evening was a smashing success. Except, that is, for one thing. When his jersey was raised to the Staples Center rafters with the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers legends, his name and number were printed on the front of the jersey, not the back.

Check the collar - it's notched at the center, not rounded. Shaq's jersey is already a jarring sight next to those of Jerry West, Magic Johnson, and the others, because it's the first retired number to feature their modern style of jersey. But this gaffe makes it stick out even more. Hopefully they don't do this again in a few years when retiring both 8 and 24 for Kobe Bryant. Which is totally happening.

UPDATE: The team has acknowledged the error, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The oversight will be corrected and a new jersey put up as soon as possible," a Lakers spokesman said.

 

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