Jeff Bezos ‘scared’ me into bidding on the Phoenix Suns

The thought of bidding against the second richest person in the world is understandably daunting, even if you’re legendary former NBA big man Shaquille O’Neal.

O’Neal, the 7-foot-1 Hall of Famer, said Bezos’ huge net worth had him “frightened” by his plans to bid to own the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. “No one on this planet can compete with Big Man JB,” O’Neal told TMZ Sports Saturday, referring to Bezos, adding, “Because you know what? I just ordered 50 things from Amazon today. Big Man JB got that money.”

O’Neal made similar comments during a recent episode of his podcast, “The Great Podcast“Jeff said he wanted it, and a few other heavyweights said they wanted it. I’m not even going to put my name in the bucket on this one. I’m not,” said O’Neal, who played for the Suns from 2007-09.

Bezos is one of multiple billionaires who may have considered an offer for the Suns, according to ESPN. Current Suns owner Robert Sarver said last month he was putting the team up for sale, after the NBA suspended him following a damning investigation that detailed numerous instances of workplace harassment and inappropriate behavior by Sarver.

Other high-powered potential bidders include former Disney CEO Bob Iger, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Laurene Powell Jobs, the ex-wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, reported. ESPN. Bezos did not publicly confirm the report and did not immediately respond to CNBC Make It’s request for comment.

The Suns franchise is currently worth $1.8 billion and could sell for at least $2.5 billion, according to a recent report by Forbes. That could be in Bezos’ price bracket: the Amazon founder is the second-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $139 billion, according to Bloomberg.

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