Shaquille O'Neal and DeMarcus Cousins (USA TODAY Sports)

Shaquille O’Neal Says Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins Can Average 24 Points a Game


This one came out of left field a few weeks ago, but you might have heard that retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal wants to mentor troubled Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

“I’m going to make DeMarcus Cousins the best big man in the game,” O’Neal told CBS Sacramento in late June.

On Thursday, he clarified and explained a little more of what he planned to do with Cousins.

“I just want to teach him a couple of easy moves,” he told the media in a conference call. “The game is 60 percent mental and 40 percent physical ability. He has great ability, he has great moves, but I’m going to teach him some surefire moves about how he can get buckets and little things like that.”

Cousins averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in 75 games last season, and is easily one of the best young centers in the game.

Unfortunately, he has a bad reputation for his quick temper and immaturity.

From arguing with referees to elbowing players to disrespecting head coaches, Cousins has pretty done everything that is humanly possible to ruin his image.

O’Neal didn’t speak about Cousins’ reputation, but he did say that “a guy like DeMarcus can average 24 points a game if he put his mind to it.”

“If he put his mind to it”…hmm. Maybe Shaq can teach him a few tricks and help this incredible talent put his mind in the right place.

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  • Ed

    I am all for Shaq helping DMC, but the question is…will Demarcus want the advice? Will he respect Shaq’s critique? Demarcus is so immature that I can see this thing getting sour once Shaq makes a comment about his game. How many times did Demarcus make crucial turnovers at the end of a game and the coach did nothing but leave him in? That was the time to pull him out and counsel him on his mistake. I’m not sure if Demarcus can take constructive criticism well.

    • EricMatthews

      He’d be an idiot not too listen to Shaq