Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  31 responses

Orlando Magic to Interview Shaquille O’Neal for GM Position?

This makes zero sense, which is why it’s so awesome. According to ESPN, the Orlando Magic are considering Shaq for their currently vacant general manager position: “O’Neal, who began his legendary NBA career in Orlando, may meet with the Magic as soon as next week, sources said. While he has no front office experience, the Magic believe O’Neal’s presence within the organization could help them retain Dwight Howard. Magic officials declined comment Wednesday night when asked about meeting with O’Neal, saying they will not be publicly discussing the process or timetable of their GM and coach searches in the wake of Monday’s dismissals of Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith. Orlando president Alex Martins was a member of the Magic organization when O’Neal was there as a player and has a solid relationship with him. O’Neal, who played for the Magic from 1992 to 1996 and led the club to the NBA Finals in 1995, has verbally sparred with Howard over his use of the ‘Superman’ nickname that O’Neal popularized during his playing career. But sources close to both Howard and O’Neal insist the two privately have a friendly relationship and often send text messages to one another. In fact, O’Neal often has been a confidante for Howard during this trying season in Orlando. Like Howard, O’Neal also had a contentious relationship with Van Gundy, who was fired on Monday.”

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  • Jake

    April fools?

  • satchow

    Excellent! This gives Shaq a chance to f*** over the Magic twice!

  • Rasheedionics

    Hey, he got all the answers right on “Who they play for” game on TNT.

  • Heals

    Gotta appreciate what the Magic are doing here; we all know how bad Shaq has been on TNT so Orl is willing to jeopardize their franchise in order to get Shaq off of Inside for the rest of us…

  • Kobester

    Yeah sure,that would end well.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Orlando be trolling hard, yo.

  • Fat Lever

    Anyone see the potential poetic justice of Shaq controlling Dwight’s future? If Shaq gets the job, he should send Dwight to the d-league. How awesome would that be?

  • http://unb.ca TimberHog

    I support this if only to get Shaq off on TNT.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Jake and Heals

  • kobesBESTfriend

    Dr Diesel can’t do any worse than Otis Smith…give him a chance!!!

  • MAS

    I agree^ Give Dr. O’neal an opportunity. This kind of job takes common sense more than anything else. I’m sure Shaq has enough of that. And if you don’t want to make a trade with him, he will break the opposing GM in half. I think that could work in his favor when making deals.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Can I get An interview

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    The Magic should watch INSIDE THE NBA and re-think this! After Shaq said Mo Williams shouldve been an All Star Reserve, I haven’t listened to A THING he’s said out of his mouth! That man is crazy!

  • http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com Addam

    Oh Yeah! Get Shaq off TV and ruin the Magic! 2 Birds with 1 stone!

  • http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com Addam

    Oh Yeah! Get Shaq off TV and ruin the Magic! 2 Birds with 1 stone!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    If they think Shaq is qualified as a GM, I would also like to throw my candidacy in the ring for the job. I’ll even work for 1/10 of the price Shaq would demand!
    As a Magic fan, I’m terrified.

  • shutup

    Yeah those sound-effects are soooooo annoying. Whap-whap. lmao and this is from a Shaq fan.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Shaq says yack yack. Not whapwhap. If he said that I’d be outraged. He’d be ruining my favorite sound effect. Sh*t My bad, see what I mean, I wasn’t even happy that you associated that with Shaq. Anyways, I for real feel like I’m better prepared for a GM job than Shaq. Let caboose and I turn that team into a real powerhouse.

  • shutup

    Yack yack is his dunk sound whap whap is his three point sound. Either way I would very much like him to stop, he has some funny moments though, that shirt-off had me rolling, he has some insight although its few and far in-between.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    my fault it is heeeeeyack-yack. I’m gonna keep looking for that whap whap though. LMFAO

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Haha that’s fair

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LMAO @ Heals.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    We can do it nbk, at least better than Shaq.
    1. Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu for Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, and Deshawn Stevenson
    2. Jason Richardson, Daniel Orton, and 2013 1st Rounder for Paul Millsap
    3. Jameer Nelson and Quentin Richardson for Jason Terry and Brandan Wright
    4. Ryan Anderson, JJ Redick, and Earl Clark for Marc Gasol and Josh Selby
    5. Sign Matt Barnes to veteran minimum
    Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Gerald Wallace, Paul Millsap, Marc Gasol with Chris Duhon, Brandan Wright, Glen Davis, DeShawn Stevenson, Matt Barnes, and Josh Selby off the bench
    What do you think?

  • Yesse

    I think this is a pretty big deal, for Shaq.

    I would be very interested to see is this gonna end well.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’m out of the office, but I can tell you right away Deron Williams is a FA.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose


  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You in fantasy land homie, he ain’t signing and trading to come to Orlando. Not even with us as his GM’s

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha I’m the GM of the Magic, of course I’m in fantasy land :p

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol i know that’s why i added that last sentence.

  • retrobat

    Caboose. Not bad for trades, but I think Terry and Wallace are past their primes. I’d like to get some younger legs for those spots. Also, I think we could get something decent for Big Baby. I’d settle for a high draft pick, to be honest. I love the front court but I’d hate to get rid of Ryan Anderson. I would much rather trade Big Baby.

  • misso

    Shaq is not doin the interview, he wants to stay working for TNT, thank God. Go Magic!!!