So when the former Lakers big man agreed to purchase a stake in the Kings franchise, it was met with initial question (and shock), but eventual acceptance.
Acceptance is also what the vilified Jackson has for O’Neal’s purchase in the Kings, as he announced on Twitter this afternoon:
@Shaq Good deal! You did call them the Sac Queens in 01, but all is forgiven. btw, saw Sac ran cows thru Main St-designating “Cow Town”.
Please insist that my moniker for Sac back in ‘01 was a premonition on things to come. Good luck with your kissin’ cousin-fun da mentals.
It’s not Phil if he can’t throw some type of barb, though, strangely ironic how things have come full circle.
O’Neal has been longing to own a stake in an NBA franchise for quite some time, even discussing a partnership with former teammate Grant Hill to purchase the Orlando Magic. However, when that option became unavailable and the new Kings ownership emerged, it seemed like a relatively easy (though odd) choice for O’Neal to join up with friends Mark Mastrov and Vivek Ranadive in ownership of the Kings.