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Shaquille O'Neal has apologized to all Sacramento Kings fans for his verbal jabs during his playing career and is promising to restore the franchise to its winning ways as a minority owner.
Declaring the new name of the city "Shaqramento," O'Neal took several steps to explain his past swipes at his introductory news conference Tuesday. He said he was only trying to rile up people and market the game when he called the franchise the "Sacramento Queens" while winning three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.
O'Neal also offered insight into his role with the Kings and the vision of new majority owner Vivek Ranadive. He says he'll be a mentor to center DeMarcus Cousins and help the team build the NBA's first "indoor-outdoor arena."
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Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is on course to see his contract extended before the Oct. 31 extension deadline for 2010 first-round picks according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Two sources told ESPN.com that Cousins could actually have a deal wrapped up before the Kings open training camp next week in Santa Barbara Calif.
But even if it takes longer sources...
There is no denying that Cousins has loads of talent, but his non-basketball-related problems keep catching up to him
Not many NBA players can say that, after three years in the league, they hold per-36-minute averages of 19.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Very few can say that their head coach sent them home right before a regular season game, at home nonetheless. Even...
DeMarcus Cousins is on track to have his contract extended with the Sacramento Kings before the Oct. 31 deadline for 2010 first round picks, according to sources.
Cousins could have a deal wrapped up before the Kings open training camp next week.
Contract negotiations are under way and Pete D'Alessandro is scheduled to return to Sacramento early this week to resume talks.
The Sacramento Kings have had a very busy offseason, and most of it has really not had to do with their on-court personnel. There was first the very real possibility that they were going to be off to Seattle, but those plans failed, and now they are in Sacramento for the foreseeable future. On top ...The post Shaq Will Make DeMarcus Cousins A Top 3 Center This Season appeared first...
Shaquille O'Neal is remembered as a four-time NBA champion former league MVP and one of the most dominant centers in history.
So it's hard to recall a time when winning wasn't always synonymous with the Shaq brand.
Before O'Neal was a three-time NBA Finals MVP during the Los Angeles Lakers' dominant run from 2000 to 2002 O'Neal was scrutinized and criticized...
ESPN is reporting that Kings center DeMarcus Cousins could see the extension he’s been seeking before the teams convene’s for training camp next week.
Reports suggest negotiations could push past next week, but that Cousins will certainly have a deal in place by the October 31 deadline that is on par with the extensions that John Wall, Paul George, and Larry Sanders have received...
According to ESPN, troubled center DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings are close to an extension that will keep the talented big man in Sacramento for many years to come. Perhaps he could have Shaq teach him a thing or two now.
(Photo Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Multiple sources from ESPN.com report that Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is close to a contract extension with the franchise. The extension could be done before the Kings open training camp next week, and is expected to be finished well before the October 31 contract extension deadline […]
Shaquille O’Neal is the newest minority owner of the Sacramento Kings.
The Big Aristotle says he wants to be a part of something great and believes in the vision of new owner Vivek Ranadive.
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“What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything,” O’Neal, who so famously deemed the Kings the “Queens” at the start of the...
Shaquille O'Neal has purchased a minority stake in the Sacramento Kings.
O'Neal plans to meet with players and coaches of the Kings and will have dinner with DeMarcus Cousins.
"What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal said. "I've always wanted to be part of something like this…It's going to be great."
The Sacramento Kings introduced Shaquille O'Neal as a part owner on Tuesday and everyone in ownership and management made it clear that there will be an open line of communication among all members.
Pete D’Alessandro is also open to hearing O'Neal's take on potential personnel moves.
“I hope to," D'Alessandro said. "I’m a believer, much like Vivek...
In a move that can only be described as ironic, Shaquille O'Neal has been made a part minority of the Sacramento Kings. Via USA Today:
As the Kings continue their image makeover that was sparked by the late May sale of the team to Vivek Ranadive, they have made a big and bold move by adding O'Neal as a minority owner. The TNT analyst once gleaned pleasure in deriding...