Before O’Neal was a three-time NBA Finals MVP during the Los Angeles Lakers’ dominant run from 2000 to 2002 O’Neal was scrutinized and criticized for failing to win.
Now enter DeMarcus Cousins. The ultra-talented Kings center hasn’t carried his team to the playoffs much less a winning season.
He’s been criticized for his immaturity outbursts and how he’s treated coaches and teammates in his attempt to be the focal point of the franchise.
O’Neal formally introduced Tuesday as a new minority owner of the Kings said he’ll be available to help Cousins reach his potential on the court and transform the Kings back to the franchise that challenged his Lakers teams for championships.
It’s monitoring Cousins’ development as a player that O’Neal will concentrate on most.