Four-time NBA champ Shaquille O'Neal has had a change of heart with the purchase of a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings, a franchise he previously dubbed the "Sacramento Queens."
According to The Associated Press, Shaq Diesel has joined the ownership group for the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings are expected to introduce O'Neal at a press conference on Tuesday (Sept. 24).
“What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything,” O'Neal told USA Today. “I’ve always wanted to be part of something like this. … It’s going to be great.”
In 2002, the former Los Angeles Laker was responsible for bringing his team back from a 3-2 deficit against the Kings to win the Western Conference finals. They went on to claim the world championship and O'Neal took home the finals award for Most Valuable Player.
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