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“I just ordered 50 things off Amazon today” — how Jeff Bezos "scared" Shaquille O'Neal away from buying the Phoenix Suns

Shaquille O'Neal wanted to buy the Phoenix Suns. That's until he heard Jeff Bezos wanted it too.
Amazon executive chairman Jeff Bezos and former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal

Jeff Bezos and Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal has built a business empire in his post-basketball career. From the looks of it, he’s following Michael Jordan’s footsteps in his quest for world domination. Shaq admitted that, just like Mike, he wanted to purchase an NBA team, particularly the Phoenix Suns. But the Big Diesel backed off once he heard Jeff Bezos wanted to buy the Arizona team.

Big Man Jeff Bezos

According to Shaq, he discovered that Bezos and some other big honchos intend to buy the Arizona-based basketball franchise, whose worth is currently pegged at $1.8 billion. Forecasts reveal that it could sell for at least $2.5 billion, up to $4 billion. Apart from Bezos, potential high-profile bidders include former Disney CEO Bob Iger, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the former wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Jeff said he wants it, and a couple of other heavy hitters said they want it. I’m not even going to put my name in the bucket on this one. I’m not,” Shaq said, per The Big Podcast.

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Robert Sarver, the Suns’ owner, was slapped with a one-year suspension and fined $10 million after an NBA investigation revealed he used the N-word at least five times “when recounting the statements of others.” The league also found that Sarver displayed “instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees.” Days after the NBA handed down the sanction, Sarver announced his intent to sell the Suns and WNBA’s Mercury.

50 Amazon things

Bezos, founder and executive chairman of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of $139 billion. Anyone with common sense knows you don’t compete with the guy with one of the thickest wallets in the world. Also, Shaq knows how Amazon has been an intrinsic part of his life.

Nobody on this planet can compete with Big Man JB. Because you know what? I just ordered 50 things off Amazon today. Big Man JB got that money coming in,” O’Neal said, per TMZ.

Shaq may have confessed his fear of Bezos, but this is not the end of a possible partnership. Like any other good businessman, O'Neal is open to all possibilities. He may not be able to own the Suns all by himself. But if Bezos gives him a ring, he’ll gladly start a conversation.

“If [Bezos] wants me on board, I would gladly like to talk to him,” Shaq added. “As far as trying to own a whole team by myself, and go up against him? Let me tell you something: I’m scared of Big Man JB. Shaq O’Neal is scared of Big Man JB.

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