Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has said multiple times over the past year or so that he wants to be part of an ownership group that brings an NBA expansion team to Las Vegas, however, another Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal says he wants to be a part of an NBA expansion team. He longs to own a team in Las Vegas and has made it clear he doesn’t want to work with anyone.
“I want to have my own team,” Shaquille O’Neal said, via Arash Markazi of The Courier-Journal . “I know Vegas hasn’t been awarded an NBA team yet, but if they were to be awarded one one day, I’d love to be a part of it. I don’t want to work with anyone. “I want it all to be mine. Own. “
It will be interesting to see if the NBA considers expansion in the near future. According to Markazi, Las Vegas and Seattle are rumored to be the most likely destinations for franchise expansion.
There appears to be a lot of competition for the potential Las Vegas franchise, with O’Neal and LeBron James being two contenders we already know about. In recent years, the city has continued to develop from a sports perspective. The Las Vegas Aces and Vegas Golden Knights have found success in the WNBA. The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in 2020, and many expect the Oakland Athletics to move to the city as well.
It will be interesting to see if O’Neal or James would be interested in owning Seattle if they lose the franchise in Las Vegas.