A bronze statue of Basketball Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal will be unveiled March 24 outside of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Staples Center.

The nine-foot, 1,200-pound statue will be suspended 10 feet above the ground in Star Plaza and connected to Staples Center, according to Michael Roth of AEG, the sports and music entertainment firm that owns the arena.

The statue was created by artists Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany, who also created the statues of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chick Hearn, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Luc Robitaille and Jerry West in Star Plaza.


O’Neal, his teammates, colleagues and friends are scheduled to speak.

O’Neal played for the Lakers from 1996-2004, leading the team to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000-2002, winning the NBA Finals MVP award each time.

O’Neal was selected for the All-Star Game seven times as a Laker and was the league’s MVP for the 1999-2000 season.