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Shaquille O'Neal named finalist for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Shaquille O'Neal named finalist for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

On Friday, former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was announced as a finalist for the 2016 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

O'Neal, who played 19 years in the NBA, won three titles with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers (2000-02) and one in Miami with the Heat (2006).

The Lakers retired O'Neal's No. 34 jersey in 2013.

O'Neal is eligible for the hall of fame because of a recent rule change that allows for enshrinement after four full seasons of retirement, instead of the traditional five.

He's joined by guards Allen Iverson and Kevin Johnson, who earned their greatest fame with the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns,...

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