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Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 4:30 pm  |  17 responses

Shaquille O’Neal Denies Interest in the Orlando Magic GM Job


Sorry, Orlando Magic ownership. But your crazy idea to possibly hire Shaquille O’Neal to be your new General Manager won’t be coming to fruition. Per NBA.com: “The future Hall of Famer and TNT analyst released a statement this afternoon denying any interest in pursuing the position that came open with Monday’s mutual parting of the ways between the Magic and Otis Smith. [...] ‘When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued,’ he said in a statement. ‘I was drafted by the Magic, I have a great love for the franchise, and I have made the city of Orlando my home. Additionally, I have great admiration and respect for the DeVos family. However, this is not a job I have an interest in pursuing. I feel very fortunate to be with TNT and to have the best job in sports. I look forward to many more years with Charles, Kenny and E.J. I wish the best for the Magic and I am confident that they will select a great GM and coach.’ [...] Barkley was on The Dan Patrick Show this morning and confirmed that O’Neal indicated to him that he had interest in the job and would be interviewing the job with the franchise that drafted him. But all of that comes crashing down with O’Neal’s statement that he has no plans of giving up his seat on the set at TNT.”

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  • Vivek

    Not a single other person looks forward to this: ” I look forward to many more years with Charles, Kenny and E.J”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    First.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Dammit…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Sh!t, 2nd. Lmao

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    The Big Decision-Maker

  • https://twitter.com/#!/D12FSU D12FSU

    Good. I wanted Kevin Pritchard in the first place… also we need to hire Brian Shaw

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AckbarMufasa Shecky Shabazz

    I really wish he’d take it to get off Inside The NBA. He’s ruining it. I miss Webb in the studio.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AckbarMufasa Shecky Shabazz

    I really wish he’d take the job just he could get off Inside The NBA. He’s ruining it. I miss C Webb in the studio

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkhGPrEMx5c The Mauve Avenger

    I’m an Orlando fan and I emphatically appose this.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    he proved at the all-star game what a bad gm he’d make

  • http://Slamonline.com JTaylor21

    Shaq can get it (no homo)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    If only the Pacers would come calling for Reggie, once Bird gets fed up with his tissue paper tough guys. Reggie, how we wait for that day.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Barkley started the rumor so shaq will stop being on the show.

  • nbk

    LOL, shaq would be a great GM he would make all the right moves…
    I also am of the belief that kobe needs a new team built around him so he can compete for the championship next year

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I told everyone Shaq would flop, really what basketball insight can he give, he is wannabe Big Kevin Hart. Also CWEBB was so much much much better. TNT, needs to put Shaq on Nerd Night and let CWEBB talk with the main crew. TNT messed up and I know they wish Shaq would leave on his own, before they get rid of him.

  • http://www.barry.edu/hrdedd/default.htm Jpain

    Can’t imagine “Dr. Shaq” crunching numbers, matching salaries or negotiating with other GMs regarding trades.

  • SixURRRS

    even if Shaq has a great GM mind how the hell are other GMs gonna understand him on the phone?

    Billy King: “Shaq how about four unprotected future 1st round picks for JJ Reddick?
    Shaq: “AGABUD BOLGDSGDS SDFHGDSDH”
    Billy King: “Uh…deal!”

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