Shaquille O’Neal considered purchasing the Phoenix Suns — that was until he saw a multi-billionaire in the mix.
During an episode of Shaq’s The Big Podcast, he was asked by his co-host Nischelle Turner if his interest in owning an NBA team transfers over to the Phoenix Suns.
Evidently, it did at one point for the former Phoenix center.
“I was open [to the idea of purchasing the team] until I saw the initials JB. Let me tell you something, you don’t mess with James Brown, you don’t mess with Jeff Bezos,” Shaq said on The Big Podcast.
He continued: “When the boys come on stage, get your ass and go. So, Jeff said he wants it and a couple of other heavy hitters said they want it. I’m not even gonna put my name in the bucket on this one. I’m not.”
Shaq may have given up on the idea of team ownership as it pertains to the Phoenix Suns, but that won’t ruin his aspirations to own an NBA team altogether.
Currently, the Orlando Magic team is owned by the DeVos family. However, Shaq hopes if the family ever decides to sell, they keep him at the top of their list.
“Listen, we still run that franchise [Magic]. If they wanna sell it to us — DeVos family — we’re ready to go right now,” O’Neal said on The Big Podcast. “This message goes out to the DeVos family — if you’re ready to sell Orlando Magic — sell it to somebody who’s gonna take it to the next level, that’s us.”