Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 1:45 pm  |  17 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Wants to Learn from Shaq But Hasn’t Heard from Him

Last month, Shaquille O’Neal pledged to turn DeMarcus Cousins into the NBA’s best center. According to Boogie, though, Shaq has been MIA. Per the Sac Bee: “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. ‘I would be open to it,’ Cousins said. ‘But I have not heard from him.’”

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  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Weird. Wonder if Shaq just talked about turning Cousins into the best big man in the game just to knock Dwight again or if he’s actually going to help him. You’d think he would have contacted him by now. It’s been a few weeks since he made that comment.

  • ChosenOne

    Nothing against Shaq cause he is a good dude. But no way did he have any skills under the basket. He was superhuman (his weight, enormous stature) and therefore a turnaround dunk was enough for him to dominate. It seemed like every basket of Shaq’s career was a dunk… not really “skills” per se.

  • robb

    and not the greatest work ethics either. If there’s something DMC needs is to be more disciplined. Shaq can’t teach that.

  • AlbertBarr

    Perhaps Shaquille is just on vacation and didn’t mean to start his mentoring until closer to camp. ANd Shaquille definitely had great footwork so I would say he was skilled.

  • Clos1881

    Shaq was a physical freak strong big super atheletic and coordinated cousins skill set is actually someone that would be able use the tools that Hakeem teaches because cousins has great foot work and a good ball handler.

  • pposse

    shaq was probably waiting to hear back from boogie before he helped him. Now he knows he is interested so expect shaq to back up his talk

  • Hs06

    Look at Shaq’s weight at LSU. Look at Dwight Howard’s stature which is much better than Shaq’s and compare their stats. Obviously Shaq had a huge advantage due to size but to say his points were not due to skill is stupid. You don’t average 33 pts 16 rebounds in a finals series from just being big because if that was the case players like D12 and Dexter Pittman would have have already replicated his numbers based off your claims.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Unlike Cousins, Shaq and Dream had ELITE athletic ability. If anything, Duncan’s “Swim Move” or Mc Hale’s “Up and Under” would better serve him because they are tools that are tried and tested by athletes with similar athletism to Cousins.

  • davidR

    you’re not giving him enough credit. study his footwork. shaq had pretty good touch around the rim.

    shaq also had a mean baby hook, and definitely knew how to operate in the post

  • Basketball_iQ

    I don’t disagree with you until your final sentence,,,, dwight and Pittman are different bc their mindsets are different. Pittman lacks skill and mentality lol

  • Basketball_iQ

    He needs to hit up hakeem, or clifford rey, or McHale,,,

  • Junior Taylor

    Not trying to be rude (or maybe I am) but that has to be the stupidest sh*t I have read in months. To say that Shaq had no skills around the basket tells me that you never got that chance to watch him play on a day to day basis during his prime. I’m not not saying he was Hakeem-like down there but the man had more than enough go-to moves on the low block to put up monster numbers for the majority of his career. You don’t dominate 3 straight finals (only guy to do so not named MJ) just by dunking the ball.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    you 90s babies kill me…..you really think Shaq just dunked????? and who cosigned this??? shaq was very skilled, very agile, had tons of moves that OFTEN led to dunks or Jump hooks…he didnt just back people down and dunk on them every possession.

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  • Caboose

    Seeing as McHale is already coaching the Rockets, he can’t really do that.

  • Swaggyduhdon

    AGREED…Shaq post gme cccccccccccccccccccrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • gearguru

    not sure if i misunderstood this article but shouldn’t DMC be the one to approach shaq? i mean yes shaq did offer help but it doesn’t mean he’s the one who will have to go out of his way to offer help.

    just my 2 cents…