Notice anything wrong about Shaquille O’Neal’s banner for his recently retired jersey? Like I don’t know, maybe a notched collar at the top that clearly shows us that this is the front of a Lakers jersey, rather than the back where “O’Neal 34″ is supposed to go? Yep, that’s exactly what is wrong.

For reference:


As you can see, that little horizontal notch proves that the Lakers definitely created a banner that put Shaq’s name and number on the front of a Lakers jersey. What’s more unclear is whether or not every other wrinkly retired jersey is the same thing — since the old Lakers uniforms had a scoop neck collar, all those Wests, Jabbars and Chamberlains very well could be frontsy-backsies. It’s impossible to know.

What we do know, however, is that Shaquille O’Neal will be honored forever and ever with a banner of a retired jersey that would have to be sold at TJ Maxx because someone accidentally printed the back on the front. Pretty weird.

UPDATE: Ball Don’t Lie’s Dan Devine heard from a Lakers rep:

Lakers spokesman tells BDL that the last-name-on-front Shaq jersey raised Tuesday “was an error + will be corrected …”

“… as soon as we can get a new jersey for the wall made up.” Replacement hopefully ready in one week, but could be a couple.

So yeah, whoops.

Comments (15)

  1. Thats there new way of retiring jerseys ..Do some research lol

  2. man i thought i was the only one… i was trippin out.

  3. Size Medium? Shaq is the reason for XXXXL

  4. The reference picture isn’t even right either..

  5. can’t unsee. it’s ruined. even if that is their way of doing it, now it looks even worse than it did before

  6. All of the jerseys are front facing. They replace “lakers” with the player’s last name. Always have. For reference, the magic jersey would not have a scoop neck if it was the back of the jersey.

  7. I have some old basketball cards where the players are wearing backwards jerseys, too. Example, the logo:

  8. More like Shaqwards. *pew*

  9. It would have looked weird without the scoop neck regardless of whether the other ones are front facing.

  10. well… that’s the lakers organization , i’m not surprised at all

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