Shaquille O'Neal could join a host of former and current NBA superstars by investing in the NBL

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Shaquille O’Neal could join a host of former and current NBA superstars by investing in BOOMING Australian National Basketball League

  • Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal is toying with idea of investing in the NBL
  • O’Neal, 50, said ‘anything is possible’, many NBA stars have previously done so
  • NBL starts in October, Brisbane Bullets have signed Aron Baynes as a marquee

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal is contemplating investing in the NBL as the sport continues to thrive on Australian shores.

If the former Orlando Magic and LA Lakers centre does hand over a portion of his immense fortune, he will join the likes of Milwaukee Bucks star Khris Middleton and Thaddeus Young from the Chicago Bulls, who both believe in the growing local product.

O’Neal, 50, was recently in Australia on a whirlwind tour as an ambassador for gambling company Pointsbet. He has also expressed an interest in living in Sydney.

‘Anything is possible,’ he said. 

Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal (pictured) is contemplating investing in the NBL

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal (pictured) is contemplating investing in the NBL 

If O'Neal does invest in the NBL, he would follow the lead of many past and present NBA stars, including Aussie Andrew Bogut (pictured), who joined the Sydney Kings' ownership group in 2021

If O’Neal does invest in the NBL, he would follow the lead of many past and present NBA stars, including Aussie Andrew Bogut (pictured), who joined the Sydney Kings’ ownership group in 2021

‘I always throw a lot of things in the air and when you throw them in the air, you have options.’

Other NBA players who have invested in the NBL include retired great Kevin Martin, who is the current majority stakeholder of the Brisbane Bullets, and John Wall from the LA Clippers.

Bryan Colangelo, the former Philadelphia 76ers general manager and team president, owns the Illawarra Hawks.

In May last year, Aussie basketball legend Andrew Bogut joined the Sydney Kings’ ownership group following a decorated career in the NBA.

Bogut’s commitment to the Kings endorsed his belief in both the club and the future of the NBL as one of the best leagues in the world.

In another boost for the NBL competition, which starts in October, the Brisbane Bullets have signed Aron Baynes (pictured left) on a two-year marquee deal

In another boost for the NBL competition, which starts in October, the Brisbane Bullets have signed Aron Baynes (pictured left) on a two-year marquee deal

‘I am delighted to be formally joining the Sydney Kings ownership group,’ Bogut said at the time.

‘In the next journey of my life after retiring from the great game of basketball, I look forward to continuing to help make the Sydney Kings the premier basketball franchise in the NBL’.

In another boost for the competition, which starts in October, the Brisbane Bullets have signed Aron Baynes on a two-year marquee deal.

Baynes, 35, is one of Australia’s most decorated basketballers, amassing over 520 NBA games across nine seasons, including an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

The towering centre is also a three-time Olympian, snaring a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

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