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Report: Magic to talk to Shaq about GM job. Worst. Idea. Ever.

May 23, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

Shaquille O'Neal AP

So, Orlando, you’re trying to make yourself relevant and convince Dwight Howard to stay (that ship has sailed) or new free agents to come in? This is not how you do it. It’s the opposite of how you do it, actually.

In the next week the Magic might meet with Shaquille O’Neal about their open general manager position, ESPN’s Chris Broussard said before Celtics-Sixers Game 6.

Shaq did begin his career in Orlando and certainly tried to influence player/personnel moves throughout his NBA career. I have no idea how that qualifies one to be a GM. And anyone listening to him this season as a studio broadcaster would balk at giving him any power after listening to his opinions on some players.

Broussard also said that the Magic would love to get Doc Rivers out of Boston to coach the team now that Stan Van Gundy is out. I bet they would. I would like Kate Upton to come over and cook me a steak dinner tonight. About the same odds of happening. Rivers just re-signed for five years, $35 million with Boston, so he’s not leaving that.

I’d say take all of this with a few grains of salt. What it sounds like to me is Orlando has put together a wish list where they could make a big splash. Instead they come off as desperate. Soon enough reality will set in and we can get on with the Brian Shaw coaching interview.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 24, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    I kind of love this.

    Counter Dwight Howard’s cognitive dissonance with a move as ridiculous.

    It’s a spectacular game of chicken.

  2. thestudiokida - May 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    I really hope Shaq gets the job. Inside the NBA on TNT is far more valuable to basketball than the Orlando Magic.

  3. dirkified - May 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Stupidest idea ever..

  4. cfroggerton - May 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    1) Firing Doc was inevitable back then. Hes an OK coach but he was a perfect fit for the big three.
    2) At best, Shaq would interview for director of player development if Adonal Foyle got the GM job. You don’t make a guy with ZERO experience be in charge of your millions.
    3) Ewing is not intelligent. People wonder why he hasn’t gotten an HC job and it’s obvious. He’s just not HC material.

    Orlando isn’t that stupid. They know better than to hire a guy that killed the franchise for 8 years.

  5. ezmagic - May 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I agree about doc shouldn’t of been fired. He did win coach of the year and make playoffs with a bunch of scrubs thanks to the signing of grant hill taking a massive contract while a bum wheel. bad GM back then too

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