New came out yesterday that Shaquille O’Neal had become minority owner of the Sacramento Kings. Now, the movement of former players going on to become owners or front office people is not a new concept. However, what has never made sense is why they usually choose the teams that are in the bottom half of the league to purchase. In most cases, this would not make much sense and continue to baffle people. However, Shaq becoming minority owner of the Kings makes perfect sense. It’s only one reason but the reason is more than good enough. What is it, one might ask? Well, the reason is Demarcus Cousins.
Many people have already compared Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins to the great Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal. The main reason for this comparison is because they are very similar in playing style and manor. Shaq was always known for his bruising defense, overpowering post moves, and hysterical personality. The same can apply to Boogie. Over the first few years of his NBA career, he has been the one of the most efficient centers in the league…on both sides of the court. He is able to dominate other players in ways very few can, and has the defense to back up his offensive power and footwork. He can often be seen goofing around and laughing with his teammates, much like Shaq did for years. There is one flaw in Cousins’ game, however. That flaw is his short fuse.
As good as Cousins is, and as efficient as he has been while on the court, staying on it has been a problem. Cousins is among the league leaders in both technical fouls and ejections, causing concern among the Kings front office and executives around the league. It doesn’t matter how good a player is, he’s not going to do any good at all if he is out of the game and sitting on the bench or in the locker room. This, ladies and gentlemen, is where Shaq comes into the picture. A hall of fame level player to come in and mentor a young player who could very well hold the same type of accomplishments as Shaq himself by the time his career is over…if he gets his head on straight. Here’s a little bit of what Shaq had to say about Boogie in his first press conference as minority owner.