Here it is ... the long-awaited DUNKING SHAQ statue at Staples Center!!
The 9-foot tall, 1,200 POUND statue has been in the works for months ... it will officially be unveiled on Friday night!
A bunch of Lakers greats -- including Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West -- are expected to attend the event.
Shaq tweeted his gratitude to Laker ownership about the honor ... "Thank You Buss Family! #speechless"