Orlando Magic Honor Shaquille O’Neal by Retiring His No. 32 Jersey


The Orlando Magic made history on Tuesday night by retiring the No. 32 jersey of Shaquille O’Neal, the first player to receive this honor from the franchise. O’Neal, who spent four seasons with the Magic from 1992 to 1996, was joined by former teammates, coaches, and executives in a postgame ceremony.

O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion and a 15-time All-Star, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Magic organization and the fans.


“Orlando will forever hold a special place in my heart,” he said. “I will always be proud to be part of this Magic franchise.”


O’Neal was drafted by the Magic with the first overall pick in 1992 and quickly became one of the most dominant and charismatic players in the league. He averaged 27.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game in his Magic career, leading the team to the 1995 NBA Finals. He also formed a dynamic duo with Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, who was also present at the ceremony.

The Magic, who are celebrating their 35th anniversary this season, decided to honor O’Neal for his contributions to the team and the city.


“Shaq put the Orlando Magic on the map,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “The foundation of his Hall-of-Fame career started right here in Orlando in his first four seasons.”


O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey now hangs in the rafters of the Kia Center, alongside the banners of the Magic’s division and conference titles. He is the third player in NBA history to have his jersey retired by three different teams, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Pete Maravich. He also has his No. 34 retired by the Los Angeles Lakers and his No. 32 retired by the Miami Heat.


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