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Shaquille O’Neal buys stake in Kings, will mentor DeMarcus Cousins


It looks like Shaquille O’Neal is making good on his promise to help DeMarcus Cousins. According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Shaq has purchased a stake in the Sacramento Kings. A while back, Shaq said that he wanted to mentor DeMarcus Cousins, and now, that role has grown into a minority ownership. Shaq and Cousins will have dinner tonight in Sacramento to start what will hopefully be a beautiful partnership.

The Kings’ new owner Vivek Ranadive loves having “Dr. O’Neal” on board (Dr. O’Neal! Ha!):

“I wanted to find somebody to add to the ownership group who truly represented 21st century basketball, who represented my vision of NBA 3.0, which is having an understanding of technology, wanting to build a global brand and being global in their thinking, and really being committed to having an impact in the community,” Ranadive told USA Today. “The most iconic person on the planet was Dr. O’Neal. .. Dr. O’Neal and I spent a day at my house shooting hoops, hanging out with my kids, and just talking about how to create the franchise of the 21st century.”

Does this mean they’ll rename themselves the Sacramento Queens?

More importantly, what will Shaq and Boogie talk about during dinner tonight? A sequel to “Kazaam”??

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7 Comments for Shaquille O’Neal buys stake in Kings, will mentor DeMarcus Cousins

  1. rickshelton
    3:41 pm September 23, 2013 Permalink

    This could be very interesting. Surely Shaq has some good advice to pass along to the young star. I have not been a huge fan of Shaq or his movies or commercials but I do admire how he handled the whole “hack-a-Shaq” tactic during his playing days. That had to be really humiliating to be intentionally fouled because they know how badly you shoot free-throws. I don’t remember him ever clubbing anyone after a hard foul or exchanging words. I know I couldn’t have handled that situation as well as he.

    Does this make Shaq the King of Queens?? (bad joke)

  2. SeaCat
    3:52 pm September 23, 2013 Permalink

    Great news for Cousins and UK bball
    I hope Shaq can teach him to play defense,
    because no one else has been able to.

  3. stubbs
    3:59 pm September 23, 2013 Permalink

    #2 – I’m sure there’s a lot that Cousins can learn from Shaq, but his primary tactic on defense seems to have been “being gigantic”. Not sure if that’s a technique that can be passed along to his new protege.

  4. Mike In The Wood
    4:10 pm September 23, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to go to Shaq FT Academy

  5. Oogie
    5:15 pm September 23, 2013 Permalink


  6. DownCLine
    8:23 pm September 23, 2013 Permalink

    Just don’t listen to him about Islam.

  7. KevinM
    10:27 am September 24, 2013 Permalink

    Cuz gets paid just like Wall did this year, and the Shaq-Kings need talent to go with Cuz.
    Their ‘mini-me’ PG isn’t going to get it done.