Lakers to honour Shaquille O'Neal with statue at Staples Center

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The Los Angeles Lakers are going to pay respect to NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal in dramatic fashion in 2017.

Los Angeles announced on Tuesday they will honour legendary centre O'Neal, 44, with a bronze statue outside Staples Center on March 24 next year.

O'Neal, a seven-time NBA All-Star, was a member of the Lakers from 1996-2004, leading the team to three consecutive NBA Championships from 2000-2002.

He also won NBA Finals MVP award each time. O'Neal was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year.

The unveiling ceremony in March will be open to the public.