As is the norm when Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant are involved, O’Neal’s jersey retirement ceremony was a mixture of happiness, celebration and oddity.

Bringing back fond Laker championship memories, O'Neal began his speech by yelling, “Can you dig it?,” which he did after the Lakers won their first three championships of the Phil Jackson era.

He also thanked late Lakers owner Jerry Buss for expediting the jersey retirement.

“It’s an honor to be here tonight,” O’Neal said, “and I’d like to dedicate this night to the great Jerry Buss. If I has one wish, that wish would be that he could be here to celebrate this joyous night with us.

“I know processes like this take a long period of time, but it’s because of Jerry Buss and his beautiful family that I’m here this early in my retirement.”

He went on to thank his mother, Lucille, “for always showing me to be kind, compassionate and humble, and my father, Sergeant Phillip Harrison, (who) took me and my mom in when I was two years old. You taught me how to play the game.

“You had a vision I was going to be big, and you wanted me to dominate like Wilt Chamberlain. You wanted me to have a presence like Bill Russell. And you even wanted me to have a little bit of finesse like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“To all the little kids out there, if you listen to your fathers, this is what you can accomplish.”