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Shaq talks about mentoring DeMarcus Cousins

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Earlier this week, Shaquille O’Neal became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings, and started his mentorship of DeMarcus Cousins. The two had dinner together, as you can see in DeMarcus’ Instagram picture above, and Shaq told the media yesterday that they’ve already started having “conversations”:

When I look at DeMarcus Cousins, I see a young Shaquille O’Neal. A guy that was very talented, very stubborn in his ways, and like to do things his way. And sometimes he gets a bad rap, but what changed me and what made me become a winner and a champion was a conversation. It wasn’t about running up and down, it wasn’t about repetitions. When I had a conversation with a guy that was a champion, it changed my whole perspective. That guy was Phil Jackson. Before I met Phil, I was all over the place. I was doing great movies such as “Kazaam” [laugh], I was doing rap albums, I was just all over the place, but then I had a conversation with Phil.

My job with DeMarcus is not going to be about teaching him moves, it’s going to be about having conversations. We’re going to build the team around DeMarcus. He needs to understand that when you’re the leader, the others will follow when they see you make the perfect example. He’s going to have to play on every play and accept that leadership role. That’s a conversation I’m going to have with him, and the conversations have already started. He’s a very intelligent kid, he’s a bright kid, and he hates to lose. When you hate to lose, sometimes you can’t control the things that you say, or the things that you do. That’s called passion. I like his passion. We have to control that passion and make it a passionate fire.”

DeMarcus is expected to sign his max contract with the Kings in the next week. I can’t think of a better mentor for Boogie than Shaq, but come on Shaq, let’s not nix the possibility of a “Kazaam” sequel starring Boogie…

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7 Comments for Shaq talks about mentoring DeMarcus Cousins

  1. James
    10:45 am September 25, 2013 Permalink

    Love me some Shaq-Fu!

    There isn’t a better big man role model for Cuz. Shaq was the most dominant force in the middle in the history of basketball and is a four time champion with the wisdom of Phil Jackson in his back pocket. As long as Boogie listens to his new mentor, we can expect him to surpass Dwight Howard as the best center in the NBA.

  2. Bucko
    11:14 am September 25, 2013 Permalink

    Shaq was awesome. those are awesome, well thought out statements from a man that has seen and done it all. I appreciate him taking Boogie under his wing. with all respect to Shaq’s game and accomplishments, Wilt Chamberlain was the most dominant force in the middle. by far.

  3. DH
    11:16 am September 25, 2013 Permalink

    James, I have to agree that Shaq can be good for Boogie, IF, as you said, Boogie listens. Shaq was nearly unstoppable in his prime. I think both guys are good-natured and like to joke around. Hopefully they can relate to each other and Shaq can help channel Boogie’s passion into something positive rather than leading the league in T’s. IMO, attitude is the biggest detriment for Boogie AND D Howard. Talent-wise, they’re not that far apart, if at all. Dwight is just a little taller and a little more athletic. Kinda funny how Cuz, Dwight, and Shaq are really just giant kids at heart

  4. binarysolo
    11:26 am September 25, 2013 Permalink

    First order of business: Shaq needs to talk to Boogie about not wearing sweatpants to important dinners.

  5. Coach T
    12:00 pm September 25, 2013 Permalink

    I bet he said, “Shaq’s got your back.”

  6. Costa Rica
    12:41 pm September 25, 2013 Permalink

    Good Guy Shaq.

  7. Boogie Cuz
    1:09 pm September 25, 2013 Permalink

    “I am really excited to have a mentor.”