Shaquille O’Neal to attend Chris Bosh Heat jersey retirement on March 26
Former Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal has announced that he will attend Chris Bosh’s jersey retirement ceremony, according to AP Basketball writer Tim Reynolds.
Shaquille O'Neal just said he will attend the Chris Bosh jersey retirement ceremony in Miami on March 26.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 18, 2019
Bosh and O’Neal have somewhat of a strange history dating all the way back to March of 2009, when Bosh complained about O’Neal’s tendency to just camp in the lane after Shaq’s Phoenix Suns defeated Bosh’s Toronto Raptors.
In turn, O’Neal responded by christening Bosh with the nickname of “RuPaul.” The two have traded Twitter barbs and the like ever since, but the two seem to have made nice in recent years.
The Heat announced that they would retire Bosh’s no. 1 jersey back on Feb. 4, cementing the big man as one of the best in franchise history.
Bosh spent six of his 13 years in the NBA with the Heat, winning a pair of championships as a member of the infamous “Big Three” alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Despite drawing plenty of criticism for his lack of production in the postseason as a member of the Heat, Bosh made the All-Star team in every season with Miami.
He was also markedly better on the defensive end in his stint with the Heat, posting consistently solid defensive and net ratings.
The jersey retirement will also make for a formal announcement of retirement from Bosh, who only recently revealed that he is no longer pursuing a career as a player in the NBA.
Bosh missed the entirety of the 2016-17 NBA season after complications with a blood clot in his lung, which was eventually ruled as a career-ending injury after a joint review by the NBA and player’s union.