Shaq – The King of Queens
September 24, 2013 Leave a comment
It was reported today that Shaquille O’Neal purchased a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings.
“What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything,” said O’Neal, who so famously deemed the Kings the “Queens” at the start of the 2002-03 season. “I’ve always wanted to be part of something like this. … It’s going to be great.”
The Kings continue the makeover that was started by the May sale of the team to Vivek Ranadive, and today they make a bold and impactful move by adding O’Neal as a minority owner.
O’Neal is said to be meeting with team officials and players today before dinner with current star and franchise player (and former Kentucky star) DeMarcus Cousins. If O’Neal can get through to the young star the Kings could have force down in the paint for years to come.
“The Lakers and Kings did have some great battles, and fans need to understand that those “Sacramento Queens” comments that I made and all that stuff, it was for them,” O’Neal said. “I’ve always been an expert at marketing, so when it was Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings, I wanted it to be the most watched game ever.
“But right now, (the Kings are) down, and they have new ownership, and we’re going to bring it back up. It’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be a destination place that people want to see.”
Although O’Neal is only a minority owner he should add “must see” quality to Kings games this upcoming season (at least until fans witness the product on the floor).