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Shaq buys stake in Sacramento Kings

Shaquille O’Neal, who attended LSU’s game over the weekend, has ideas for the Kings. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

The doctor is in and he thinks he knows just what ails the Sacramento Kings.

Shaquille O’Neal is now now a minority owner of the Kings, the team he once called “the Queens.”

“What interested me in this deal is the new vision, the new Kings, the new everything,” O’Neal told USA Today’s Sam Amick. “I’ve always wanted to be part of something like this…It’s going to be great.”

The addition of Shaq, who joked about being “Dr. O’Neal” to Amick, can’t hurt a team still miffed about being ranked last among the overall ratings for baseball, NFL, NHL and NBA teams by ESPN. There’s new ownership now in Silicon Valley’s Vivek Ranadive and 24-Hour Fitness’s Mark Mastrov.

“Worst is at the bottom, which means you can’t get no worser,” he said of the Kings’ ranking. “There’s no such thing as worser, which means we can only get better. And we will get better. Once that new arena comes, once that new downtown is up, once we have a conversation with the players and get everybody to step up, they’ll be knocking on the door.

“Hopefully Vivek, with Mr. Mastrov and myself and the team and organization can get it back to where it used to be. I’m telling you these new plans, oh my. You’re going to be like, ‘Sacramento is doing what?’ That’s what we want people to say.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · September 23, 2013