Lakers Retire Shaq’s Jersey Backwards

Artwork courtesy of RareInk.com, official art partner of the NBA.

Artwork courtesy of RareInk.com, official art partner of the NBA.

Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers hung Shaquille O’Neal’s number 34 jersey in the rafters next to the all the Laker legends, but something wasn’t right. I don’t know if you noticed, but O’Neal’s jersey doesn’t only stand out as being the first modern Laker jersey being hung, it also stands out as being the first jersey that is hung backwards.

If you look closely, O’Neal’s name is printed right under the v-neck collar where we usually see the team name printed, the back of the jersey has a higher collar with a purple trim. Instead, the jersey should look like the framed one Jeanie Buss presented Shaq during last night’s ceremony.

Many people questioned whether or not all the retired jerseys inside Staples Center showcase the player’s name on the front, as it is a bit difficult to tell with the retro crew necks the Lakers used to wear, but it was confirmed by  Lakers spokesman John Black that the it was indeed a mistake:

“The oversight will be corrected and a new jersey put up as soon as possible,” Lakers spokesman John Black said Wednesday.

Dave McMenamin tweeted that the jersey is expected to be fixed by Friday’s game against Memphis.

Be honest Laker Nation, did you notice it?