The Big Ownership?
That certainly could be Shaquille O'Neal's nickname in the near future. On Tuesday, Magic Johnson and a group of investors entered into a $2.15 billion deal to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. O'Neal applauded the move and believed it would be good for the organization.
"I thought it was an impressive purchase," he said. "Magic is very influential in the L.A. business community."
The question is whether Shaq would ever want to follow the path of former players like Johnson and Michael Jordan into ownership.
"I don't have any interest in following anybody, but I have a lot of interest in setting my own footsteps," said O'Neal, who was putting on a basketball experience for Chase Marriott Rewards cardmembers in Orlando on Friday. "I do a lot of things, seen and unseen. I made a conscious effort a long time ago not to tell the world what I'm invested in, but I'm a master of business also."
The four-time NBA champion plans to use that business acumen in his hometown.
"Let's just say I'm working on bringing things and teams to the Newark arena," he said.
O'Neal wouldn't elaborate on which teams or sports he was interested in, except to say he might have a hand in multiple dealings.
"We have a group in mind where we will own one, two or three professional teams," he said.
For now, Shaq is enjoying his basketball retirement and his role as an NBA analyst. His goal is to make people laugh, which he's definitely doing.
When asked when the last time he practiced a free throw, O'Neal responded, "Never."
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