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Shaq wants to make Boogie the league’s best center

After having dinner with owners of the Sacramento Kings last night, Shaquille O’Neal is ready to tutor to DeMarcus Cousins. The Diesel told CBS 13 in Sacramento, “I’m going to make DeMarcus Cousins the best big man in the game.”

DeMarcus is already near the top of the NBA’s best center list, and with a little help from Shaq, he can potentially be the most dominant post player in the league.

Look out, NBA.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

37 Comments for Shaq wants to make Boogie the league’s best center

    10:20 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Great, now Cousins will get fat and lazy .

  2. markky
    10:20 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    what the hell is Shaq going to do for Boogie? free throws or doritos…..SMH

  3. tyson
    10:25 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    “Ok DMC. First thing we have to do is write you a rap song. Then we are going to parley that into an atrocious movie. You really will be a KING!” –Shaq

  4. UK
    10:26 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    This is great news. Many people forget how dominant Shaq was when he came in to the league and throughout the first part of his career. Shaq was the Finals MVP for Kobe’s first three titles. He knows what it takes to be dominant.

  5. H.A. Milton
    10:31 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    BOOGIE!…Shaq’s idea is the equivalent of saying he is going to help the sun rise tomorrow. Newsflash: that was already happening! The question is where will Big Cuz be?

  6. tyson
    10:33 am June 26, 2013 Permalink


  7. herm3s
    10:33 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    For all of his “dominance,” Shaq never led the league in blocks or rebounds. Boogie doesn’t need a retired player as a mentor. He needs to be on a team with decent management, coaching, and some solid vets. Or, in other words, not Sacramento.

  8. Simple
    10:38 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Boogie needs–well, never seeing a full game of him since he’s been int he NBA, I have no idea what he needs, but whatever it is, I doubt Shaq can provide it.

  9. KevinM
    10:44 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I like this….and if I could have Kareem or Bill Russell as a mentor, how can that be a bad tutor?

    If I’m Cuz, I feel fortunate that Shaq is even interested in giving me the time of day.

  10. Rockfield, KY
    10:46 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    8. I doubt anyone here has seen him play a full game since he left UK. No one here knows whats best for him. Having a Hall of Famer mentor you can’t be bad.

  11. Dan
    10:46 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    @2…..First thoughts was Buick and gold bond. Doubt Cousins needs help with either and I hope he’s not considering any advice on free throw shooting, especially from Shaq. Post moves maybe. Always thought Cousins was pretty good at finding his shots anyway perhaps he could help him in that area but other than the villain role he’s been forced into playing I don’t see where he needs help. Size can’t be taught. Always considered him a four in the NBA. Doesn’t have the size for a five.

  12. Matt
    10:52 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    11. If 6’11” 270 lbs. isn’t big enough to play the 5 then there really is no such thing as a 5 man in the NBA anymore.

  13. H.A. Milton
    10:55 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    @10, I’ve seen him play a couple of NBA games in person. As for the ‘having a hall of famer…’ comment, imagine Garnett trying to mentor him, they would either kill each other, or Garnett would create the most diabolical player the league has ever seen. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

  14. Andrew
    10:56 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Some of you people have to be morons. Shaq can’t help a center? Shaq was the most dominant player of his time, Shaq dominated DESPITE his inability to shoot midrange or freethrows, something Boogie CAN do. Shaq teaches Cousins to work the post and stay out of foul trouble, look out league.

  15. Mark Cuban Missle Crisis
    11:01 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Cousins, according to HoopsData, takes just under 11 shots per 40 minutes inside of nine feet. His field goal percentage on those shots is very poor. (He also takes a ridiculous six shots per shot from 10 feet out.) Shaq, hopefully, can curb Boogie’s tendency to hoist mid-range missiles in favor of more post-ups. There’s no reason in the world why Cousins can shoot 50% from the floor. Having Shaq (a career 58% shooter who never shot poorer than 55%) teach him a few things can’t hurt.

  16. realme
    11:01 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Might it help with his “reputation” if people think Shaq has taken him under his wing?

  17. Big Mike in The Wood
    11:09 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to see that training session. Two of the goofiest guys in the gym talking about maturity.

  18. goUKats
    11:09 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I had the opportunity to watch Cousins play here in Charlotte this past season and must say,if the guy would really put forth the effort,he woukd rule the NBA.On this night he played with little enthusiam,walked up and down the court,actually played in spurts,and wound up with 23 points and 13 rebounds,leaving me shaking my head and wondering what if.

  19. Big Mike in The Wood
    11:10 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not saying Shaq can’t help him. I’m just saying that training session would be hilarious.

  20. I Say
    11:12 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    11 You can stop now. You dont have to be 7’3 to be a 5 in the NBA. There are only a handful of true 7 footers in the league who actually play.

    11:17 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Listen to all these shitlords talking trash about Shaq. Is this really what Kentucky fans are like? God, we suck.

  22. lonnieb
    11:19 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I wish heat would trade bosh for boogie….the vets on heat would keep him in check and would fit needs of heat much more than bosh

  23. Puhleeze
    11:27 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta cut out the headcase factor as the first step, Shaq…

  24. RahRah
    11:29 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I have always believed the sky is the limit for our Boogie. He needs to move beyond the reputation and kick butt! I would like to see him move though.

  25. name
    11:48 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    I went to a kings pacers game and big cuz had a double double BEFORE HALFTIME. .. hell be ok w/ or w/out shaq… I do like the thought of those 2 practicing together though ha

  26. hell cat
    11:59 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    How is Shaq’s interest in helping Cousins a bad thing, to the people ragging on it here? Maybe you’re too young, but Shaq was friggin’ unbelievable for several years and can teach Cousins a ton.

  27. Boogie
    12:02 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    This is the absolute best thing for D Cuz. He’s not a head case he’s a 21 year old KID. Shaquille will teach him how to use his body much better and how to pass from the post. Perfect situation for D Cuz

  28. theWilkman
    12:21 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome news for Boogie. When I watched him during his time at UK I always commented on how I hadn’t seen a man that size with that much agility since Shaq. People dismissing this apparently never saw Shaq play. His motivation later in his career was suspect, but his time with LA was absolutely dominant.

  29. Yeah guys....
    1:25 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Shaq, who is probably the most physically dominant post player to ever live who had a drop step so lethal that it has a nickname, can’t teach the most gifted big man prospect in years ANYTHING.

    Clowns. Every single one of you. Sad, trolling clowns who live to be stupid on the internet.

  30. Kevin C.
    1:33 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Shaq said the EXACT same thing about Amar’e Stoudemire, when he came to the Suns. We all know how THAT turned out…

  31. Wildcatsteeler
    1:35 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Shaq is someone Cousins might actually listen to. This can do nothing but help him in his career. Shaq has a great understanding of the game as he showed on his TNT analysis. Plus he has a great sense of humor so probably can get his advice across without seeming arrogant.

  32. geezer butler
    3:18 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Boogie is already the best center in the league. Don’t even say whiny Howard. Shaq can only help him though. If he played for a good team ppl will recognize how good he is.

  33. Eazy
    4:19 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Demarcus needs to get out of Sacramento. I know he will be the star of that team but the Kings are just not efficiently ran. He could average 25 and 12 and not receive the support he should. On that note this exact same thing is happening to Kevin Love. He is putting up monster numbers and isn’t starting on the all star team????

  34. Boogie
    4:28 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Boogie needs to consistently be on the court. Foul trouble has plagued his potential. His ability is limitless.

  35. NYC Wildcat Alum
    4:32 pm June 26, 2013 Permalink

    Cousin’s needs have always been “between his ears”. He needs major help in maturation, selflessness, humility, teamwork, and sacrifice for the betterment of the team vs. himself. And a class in “cutting out” that ridiculous gangsta/thug crap & mentality.

    If Shaq can teach him to “grow up and be a man”, then more power to him. However, if it’s ever truly going to work, DeMarcus has to admit that he has issues and that he needs to improve/grow/mature. If he won’t admit to that, then I submit that all the help from Shaq, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, or any other so-called experts, will not make him a star.

  36. MafisherUKfan
    2:49 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Well said #21.

  37. King Ghidora
    3:49 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Shaq had his jock taken from him by Hakeem the Dream in the NBA finals more than once. Olajuwon totally dominated Shaq in his so called prime. Without Kobe there wouldn’t have been those titles with the Lakers. Then the league gave Shaq his very own circle where he could knock anyone down that he felt like knocking down. It allowed him to score thousands of points.

    That said Shaq is not a bad guy. I’m sure he wants to help Cuz. I think he can help Cuz by teaching him to use his weight more. Many people think Cousins has a hard time creating his own shots. I think that’s bull but it’s a common belief among pro fans. What DMC needs is a team that’s better than the Kings. If he gets that then watch him blossom.