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With pro basketball in the rearview mirror for the former NBA stars, CNBC asked about America’s hottest new sport: pickleball. “I think we’ll stick with the basketball court,” Mourning said with a laugh. “Don’t get me wrong, but it is more designed for an older generation.” O’Neal expressed more interest: “I’m actually looking at investing in a team. I’m still thinking about it,” he said. O’Neal said his son came to him recently with the investment idea. Pickleball has seen explosive growth in both participants and investment money, including from basketball stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant and team owners Mark Cuban and Wes Edens. “I had a chance to play it a couple of times, you know, so it’s pretty entertaining. You can get an incredible workout and you know, so I like it. I really do,” said Mourning.
NBA champions Shaquille O’Neal and Alonzo Mourning are reuniting to give fans reason to cheer again in Miami. The former Heat centers, who brought Miami a 2006 NBA Championship, are teaming up to refurbish a basketball court as part of a $20 million renovation at a youth center in South Beach. The project is funded by the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation and its long-time partner Icy Hot, as part of their Comebaq Courts program that fixes up rundown courts.
O’Neal also offered advice to today’s NBA players: don’t forget your youngest fans. “They [the fans] pay a lot of money for what you collect. So, I urge you guys to keep playing hard, keep playing well, don’t just take the money and disappear…But think about the little kid that’s wearing your jersey.”
“He’s supposed to have 30 points playing against dudes 5’8”, Shaquille O’Neal said regarding Dwight Howard’s numbers in Taiwan. “… This league reminds me of the Life Time Fitness league every Saturday when I go work out on Saturday.”