DeMarcus Cousins aspires to be considered one of the best centers in NBA history. The Kings' big man entering his fourth season said he'd love the opportunity to work with one of the greatest centers of all time Shaquille O'Neal. After meeting Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive last month O'Neal pledged to help "make DeMarcus Cousins the best big man in the game." That's fine with Cousins but he's still waiting to connect with O'Neal. "I have not heard from Shaq at all" Cousins said. "Not a tweet DM (direct message) nothing." During his career and especially with the Los Angeles Lakers O'Neal taunted the Kings and dominated them on the court. O'Neal retired after the 2010-11 season with four NBA championships three Finals MVP awards and one regular-season MVP honor. In his role as a television analyst he's been critical of Houston's Dwight Howard generally considered the best center in the NBA today. O'Neal believes centers should play with a mean streak – something Howard is not noted for – while Cousins might be too aggressive. Cousins is more skilled away from the basket than O'Neal but the retired star could help Cousins develop more skills around the rim and improve his career shooting percentage of 44.8.
Kings' DeMarcus Cousins is still waiting to hear from Shaq
Sacramento Bee | Jul 26