When he retired as an NBA player two years ago, former Orlando Magic superstar Shaquille O'Neal said he might join an NBA ownership group.
He's fulfilled that goal.
O'Neal has bought a minority stake of the Sacramento Kings and will try to lend his star power to a long-suffering franchise that needs all the buzz it can get.
The Kings were recently purchased by a group headed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive, and the move kept the Kings in Sacramento.
"What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything," O'Neal told USA Today Sports. "I've always wanted to be part of something like this. ... It's going to be great."
O'Neal was scheduled to meet with Kings players today and go to dinner with Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Kings officials hope O'Neal can serve as a mentor to Cousins, a talented but often undisciplined player.
O'Neal also will add some glitz to the Kings franchise.
"I wanted to find somebody to add to the ownership group who truly represented 21st century basketball, who represented my vision of NBA 3.0, which is having an understanding of technology, wanting to build a global brand and being global in their thinking, and really being committed to having an impact in the community," Ranadive said, according to USA Today Sports.
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