NBA Expanion Shaquille O’Neal looking at Vega a potential location for new franchie

LeBron James has been vocal about his desire to own an NBA expansion team in Las Vegas, but it appears that he might face competition from another Lakers legend, Shaquille O’Neal.

NEW STORY: LeBron James has talked about owning an NBA team in Las Vegas. He will have competition from another Lakers great. SHAQ tells TheMessenger, “I would like to have my own group. I don’t want to partner up with nobody. I want it all for myself.” https://t.co/jM2GjZ1fSH

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O’Neal recently expressed his interest in the idea of an NBA team coming to Vegas, and he emphasized that he wants to be the sole owner of such a franchise, saying:

“I would like to have my own group,” O’Neal revealed to The Messenger. “I know Vegas hasn’t been awarded an NBA team yet but if they ever get to a point where they are awarded a team, I would like to be a part of that. I don’t want to partner up with nobody. I want it all for myself.”

The NBA’s potential expansion is a topic of speculation, with Las Vegas and Seattle being mentioned as the most likely destinations for new franchises.

Shaquille O’Neal says he wants to own an NBA team in Vegas 👀

“I know Vegas hasn’t been awarded an NBA team yet but if they ever get to a point where they are awarded a team, I would like to be a part of that. I don’t want to partner up with nobody. I want it all for myself.”… pic./VENe4QG5ax

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With both LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal expressing their interest in a Las Vegas team, it’s clear that there will be strong competition for ownership rights. Las Vegas has witnessed significant growth in its sports scene, with successful teams like the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA and the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL. Additionally, the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020, and there is anticipation that the Oakland Athletics may also relocate to the city.

LeBron James could have competition from Shaquille O’Neal to own NBA expansion team in Las Vegas: https://t.co/eNQ9N0lRvY

— Lakers Daily (LakersDailyCom) October 10, 2023

Both James and O’Neal have leveraged their on-court success to build prosperous off-court ventures. O’Neal, who has resided in Las Vegas for over two decades, expressed his deep connection to the city’s growth and prosperity:

“I’ve been living in Las Vegas for over 20 years,” O’Neal told The Messenger. “I love it here. Las Vegas has always been a city you knew was going to grow. You could see different casinos, different real estate projects and different night clubs popping up. I’ve always been a part of it. I used to own one of the hottest night clubs, sold it and now I got 9-10 restaurants here. I’m doing very, very well and I want to continue to grow with Vegas.”

If they do not secure ownership of the Las Vegas franchise, it remains to be seen if O’Neal or James would consider pursuing ownership of a potential Seattle team.