Back in the early 2000’s, Shaquille O’Neal was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and infamously called the Sacramento Kings…”the Sacramento Queens”.
Well, times have changed and so has Shaq as he has bought of share of the team that he once dissed and become a minority owner of “the Queens”.
USA Today’s Sam Amick has more on this story:
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
His involvement will begin in earnest today, as O’Neal — who jokingly referred to himself as “Dr. O’Neal” throughout a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports — plans to meet with Kings players and coaches in Sacramento before having dinner with franchise centerpiece and new protégé DeMarcus Cousins.
“What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything,” said O’Neal, who so famously deemed the Kings the “Queens” at the start of the 2002-03 season. “I’ve always wanted to be part of something like this. … It’s going to be great.”
Update: The folks over at Forbes have stated that Shaq bought approx. 2-3% of the Kings.