“To the Laker family. First I’d like to thank the great Jerry West for bringing me here in 1996. Jerry took a gamble on me. I was a flamboyant kid. I had a movie named Kazaam that was out at the time, I had a couple of rap albums that were out at the time. I remember Jerry West bringing me to the Forum and he had me look up at all the greats. He said, son, if you do things the right way, maybe one day you’ll be up there with the greats. Thank you Jerry West.” – Shaquille O’Neal, during his jersey retirement speech at the Staples Center
Watch the complete jersey retirement ceremony below.