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Shaq as Magic GM rumor started with… apparently Shaq

May 24, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

C By Courvoisier And Shaquille O'Neal Celebrate The "C if U Can Make Shaq Laugh" Contest Finale Getty Images

Is it any wonder that the NBA player best at self-promotion in the last couple decades is the guy putting himself into the Orlando Magic General Manager discussion?

Last night we passed along the report that Shaquille O’Neal was going to sit down with the Magic and discuss their now vacant general manager position. Which all led us to wonder where the heck that idea came from?

Well, not the Magic, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Shaq has been lobbying behind the scenes to be considered for the position, and the Magic — in spite of the nastiest of divorces with O’Neal in the summer of 1996 — are willing to at least sit down with the 40-year-old and give him the courtesy of hearing what he has to say.

That’s a long way from actually hiring Shaq. A L-O-N-G way, to borrow from Larry Bird’s spelling technique, from letting Shaq come back to a franchise he leveled as a free agent to be the guy who either convinces Dwight Howard to finally commit to the Magic long-term (after feuding with Dwight for years) or immediately takes on the monster responsibility of trying to find a sensible trade for Howard before next season (as rookie GM).

It’s a courtesy conversation. Kind of like that date your mother set you up on with that “cute” girl from the hair salon.

Which is good for the Magic fans and franchise, because Shaq is not GM material. Even the GMs in this league not great at their job work long hours and very hard at it, watching games and film, devouring statistics, talking to scouts and other teams. When was the last time Shaq worked hard at something?

Shaq as part owner of a franchise one day? I could see that. But GM? Still the worst idea ever.

  1. rodgersmvp - May 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I guess earning a doctorate and winning 4 Championships is pretty easy…

  2. rodge1 - May 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Shaq is smart but too egotistical to run any team. He’d probably try to suit-up to play again and then sit out most of the year with another ghost-injury. When that fails he’ll blame the coach or anyone other than himself… If it walks like a Shaq and talks like a Shaq then it’s probably a Shaq. Good luck Orlando

  3. acdc363 - May 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Caaan yooou dig it!

  4. jagwar73 - May 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    No!

  5. dysraw1 - May 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    the position requires a lot not saying the big dog cant handle it , you don’t want to earn the love and respect that mr. Thomas earned here in New York

  6. baron30 - May 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Why are you ripping on Shaq so much…it clear over the course of his career is that he knows how to work the media and public. Its clear that Shaq says and does certain things publicly but behind the scenes he is very calculating and intelligent. No to mention he is well educated and has a championship background. Sure he could have stayed more focused and in better shape during his career but to just cast him off as “not a hard worker” is kind of ridiculous. Obviously he is not a legitimate GM candidate, maybe down the road if he spend sometime in the front offices, but know reason to hate on him so hard.

  7. burm61 - May 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    If Shaq were GM he would bring in Michael Redd and Brandon Roy as the main attraction.

  8. ezmagic - May 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Kazaam!

  9. ezmagic - May 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Don’t be surprised if it ends up being Doc rivers as GM or Phil Jackson GM and hires brian shaw as coach. All have championship exp and shaw played with the magic (shaq years) so he’s familiar with Alex Martins, Rich and Dan de vos.

    • jjordannba - May 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Umm, I think Doc Rivers is the coach of the Boston Celtics who signed a 5-year deal a couple years ago, but i guess he’ll step down from the job to go be GM of the Magic, that seems logical

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