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Report: Shaq could play couple games in Mexican league

Sep 5, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne Getty Images

Shaquille O’Neal does not look like a guy in shape to get back on the basketball court. Frankly, he didn’t look like that his last couple of years he was still in the NBA (when the injuries mounted up).

But he may be back on the court for a couple games in the Mexican Basketball League according to Sergio Ganem, the president of the Mexican team Fuerza Regia,who confirmed talks to ESPNDeportes.com.

Shaq would play one or two games in October. The two sides have had conversations but the report says no deal is in place.

Is this a blatant publicity stunt? Heck yes. And it’s a smart one. This is the same team that had Dennis Rodman for a few games in 2004 and used 7’9” Chinese player Sun Ming Ming. It’s all about publicity stunts.

And when you’re a small league in a country where you are a minor sport, then go all Bill Veeck. Bring in anyone you want, do whatever you can to get attention.

And if Shaq is up for it, well, go for it. Not sure Shaq can even dunk anymore, but it would still be a show.

  1. nathanbetz91 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    What would be the point of this? Idiot

    • money2long - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      To get a new nickname.

  2. money2long - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    didn’t roger clemens do something like this with the sugar land skeeters

  3. AlohaMrHand - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    The tallest player in the Mexican league is 5’8.He’ll dominate

    • money2long - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      or pull something

  4. papichulo55 - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Dont go, Shaq. Not safe.

  5. timb12 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    If he plays in a sombrero, I say sign the contract. But if Mexico is not the stereotypical place I imagine it to be, then I wouldn’t do it.

  6. godfather8775 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    Actually the Mexican league is not bad and it is growing… My brother played for the Mexican league and has made a good leaving… No he did not get paid in pesos it was us dollars

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM

      Meh.

  7. florida727 - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Just my opinion, which is usually wrong (don’t believe me, just ask my wife), but I think he does nothing but tarnish his own reputation and the game if he does this. Other than a cheap publicity stunt, what’s the point? Then again, I’m guessing it won’t be “cheap”, at least not for Sergio Ganem.

  8. davidly - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    It’d be cool if he wore one of those masks that the wrestlers wear, it being more or less exhibition and all.

    • miamatt - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      I would watch every second of wherever he played if that was the case. Get ready for “El Shaq: Jefe Gigante!!!”

      It should be every bit as hysterical as watching Kobe score like 80 points in a Chinese celebrity game. I feel sorry for anybody who can’t get a laugh out of this.

      • texxxasmade - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Shaq Papi: Tiene una pinga mas grande que un caballo!

  9. franchiseplaya - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    i have no problem with this. its not like shaq is some sad player trying to cling to the former glory of his career *cough* AI *cough*. its pure publicity and goodwill. if it brings a little something to a small league in name recognition or monetary terms then thats cool. maybe some guys will look to play ball in mexico rather than europe one day. who knows.

  10. jimeejohnson - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    How bout “El Grande”,”El Grandisimo”, “Senor Grande”, or “El Loco Grande”? Whatever the nickname it’s got to have “grande” in it.

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