During his 19-year NBA career, Shaquille O'Neal got down with a lot of different teams. From the Magic and the Lakers to the Heat and the Suns and, finally, the Cavaliers and the Celtics, Shaq played for six different teams during his playing days. But one team that he was most definitely not down with was the Sacramento Kings. Prior to the 2002-03 NBA season, Shaq even referred to them as the "Sacramento Queens."
But it sounds like post-retirement Shaq has had a change of heart with regards to the Que…er, the Kings. Because he just revealed that he recently purchased a small stake in the team and will be helping to usher in a new era in Sacramento.
"What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," Shaq told USA Today. "I've always wanted to be a part of something like this…It's going to be great."
Shaq also pointed out that, thanks to a new arena deal that's in place and the young talent on the team, he thinks that Sacramento could be on the up-and-up again.
"Right now, [the Kings] are down," he said, "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."
Sacramento? A "destination place"? Now that they've got Shaq, that could be a real possibility.
[via USA Today]