Shaquille O’Neal buys part of Sacramento Kings
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 23:09
Shaquille O’Neal is now a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings and gave his new city a new nickname in the process, dubbing the capital of California “Shaqramento”.
However, O’Neal has had his run-ins with his new team before as the Kings and Los Angeles Lakers went at it constantly in the previous decade.
The Kings were defeated by the Lakers in the 2000, 2001, and 2002 playoffs. Each of these years, O’Neal’s Lakers would go on to win the championship.
O’Neal’s most famous altercation with the Kings didn’t even come on the court, but rather in a locker room interview.
“I’m not scared of the Sacramento Queen. Write it down,” said O’Neal.
Shaquille O’Neal apologized for this memorable quote given during another dominant year for the “Big Diesel.”
“I apologize if you see me around town, come give me a hug, give me a kiss. I’ll do whatever you want,” said O’Neal during the press conference to announce his ownership.
O’Neal hopes to bring his on court and off court presence north to Sacramento and help the struggling franchise move forward from their recent implosion.
This isn’t O’Neal’s first business venture. He has recently started a brand of soda called “Soda Shaq” that is sold in Seven Eleven. According to an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education in January, O’Neal owns 40 24-Hour Fitness Clubs, 155 Five Guys restaurants, a jewelry and clothing line and nightclubs, among other things.
Let us also not forget that O’Neal had his own reality show called “Shaq Vs.” where he would take on top athletes and experts from all fields, such as Michael Phelps in swimming and Rachael Ray in cooking.
Early in his career O’Neal starred in “Kazaam,” in which he plays a rapping genie, and released three rap albums entitled “Shaq Diesel,” “Shaq Fu,” and “You Can’t Stop the Reign.”
O’Neal was also sworn in as a reserve deputy officer in Miami during his stint with the Heat.
Shaquille O’Neal has certainly done a bit of everything in his life. It doesn’t appear that this venture into minority ownership will be anything he can’t handle.