While visiting Abu Dhabi for the NBA’s preseason games between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal told CNN that he’s interested by buying an NBA team — but he won’t say which one.
“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say,” Shaq told CNN’s Becky Anderson, when asked about which team he was interested by buying. “It’d probably be disrespectful to say it, but I would really like to return home. I’ll leave that to the viewers to work out. I would really like to return home.”
We all know that the house he’s talking about is just not Phoenix, where O’Neal was a member of the Suns from 2007-09. On his podcast last week, O’Neal implied he’d be Shaqtin’ a idiot to bid once he learned billionaire Jeff Bezos was interested by the club, which disgraced owner Robert Sarver announced he was selling last month.
“Jeff said he wants it, and a few other heavy hitters said they need it. I’m not even going to place my name within the bucket on this one. I’m not,” Shaq announced on “The Big Podcast.”
But when Shaq desires to “go home,” he could well be talking about San Antonio Texas, where O’Neal went to highschool. He starred in basketball, and famously made up a story about Spurs’ star David Robinson stiffing him for an autograph as a toddler, to be able to motivate himself when he played the Spurs. He told the story for years before coming clean.