For those of you who remember the epic battles between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000′s, this will probably make you take a double take. I know it certainly caused me to.
However, double take or not it appears that Shaquille O’Neal, the same Shaq who said the Kings couldn’t beat the Lakers without cheating, the same Shaq who attempted to rename Sacramento “Shaqramento” and the same Shaq who called the Kings the “Queens” wants to help his former rival return to glory.
What’s his plan? To mentor Sacramento Kings big man, DeMarcus Cousins.
Blessed with elite talent but questionable execution, the former Kentucky Wildcat has shown flashes of All-Star promise but has failed to do so for extended periods. Seeing a lot of himself in the young Cousins, Shaq met with the Sacramento Kings new ownership group and said he’s going to make DeMarcus Cousins the best big man in the league.
#CBS13: “I’m going to make DeMarcus Cousins the best big man in the game. @boogiecousins
Shaq has made mention of Cousins’ skill set and lack of proper use on TNT multiple times, offering to help the young budding star and he apparently wasn’t kidding around.
How it all comes together remains to be seen but hard to think of a better mentor for Cousins than the Shaq Daddy himself.