Jimmy Kimmel Surprises NBA Great Shaq with News of Lakers Tribute Statue
In December 2015, O’Neal was announced as a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which he was considered a shoe-in. O’Neal’s statue outside the Staples Center will join the likes of other Laker greats, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Jerry West. O’Neal seemed surprised and genuinely touched by the news, repeatedly asking Kimmel if it was joke. “Seriously?” O’Neal asked several times. “Nah, you’re playing.” The host assured O’Neal the statue was for real. The statue will be unveiled during the 2016-2017 NBA season. Congratulations, Shaq. We think that deserves a little shimmy.