Shaquille O’Neal to consider playing two games for Mexico’s Fuerza Regia
Shaquille O’Neal might have to come up with a new nickname soon.
The former NBA big man is reportedly considering a stint with Fuerza Regia of the Mexican Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional League.
Citing tweets from Xavier Cabello of ESPN Deportes, Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com reported that Regia’s team president Sergio Ganem confirmed that he is in talks with O’Neal for two games in October but that no deal is in place at this time.
O’Neal wouldn’t be the first NBA superstar to play in the Mexican league. Hall of Fame NBA player Dennis Rodman appeared for three games with Regia in 2004. Former NBA player Jamario Moon and T.J. Thompson, a standout at The George Washington University, also played for the team. The team also once had 7’9″ Chinese player Sun Ming Ming, one of the tallest professional basketball players ever.
News of O’Neal’s potential contract with the Mexican league comes in the same week as reports of former NBA MVP Allen Iverson saying that he has the Chinese Basketball Association as a backup option if an NBA team doesn’t come forward with an offer.
O’Neal is set to begin another season as an analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA, so it will be interesting to see how he manages his day job if this turns into a promising post-NBA career.