Tim Hardaway

To the rafters: Heat retire Shaq's No. 32 jersey

Shaquille O'Neal once brought in someone to set up a makeshift jewelry store in the Miami Heat players' lounge, and often could be found surprising team executives and employees while naked.

Sometimes, he also played basketball.

For all those reasons, and many others, Thursday was a night to celebrate O'Neal at the arena he called home for parts of four seasons. The Heat raised O'Neal's No. 32 to the rafters, a distinction the team has only previously awarded to Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway.

"This is an inside joke for all the Miami people," O'Neal said. "It's definitely unexpected."

Not from the Heat perspective, it wasn't. Although...