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Shaq not exactly impressed with the Orlando coaching search

Jul 23, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

Former US basketball star Shaquille O'Ne Getty Images

I don’t envy Rob Hennigan.

Here’s your dream job, you are the new general manager of the Orlando Magic. Now all you have to do is trade our superstar center and try to get some reasonable level of value back, hire a new head coach, start a massive rebuilding project and chart a totally new direction for the organization.

To quote Miracle Max, “have fun storming the castle.”

And all the while, you can count on taking fire from fans and media. Because the Dwight Howard situation has dragged out past its prime worse than “Grey’s Anatomy.” And because the coaching search is still ongoing, down to three candidates.

Former Magic big man Shaquille O’Neal tweeted he is none to impressed.


It’s Shaq, so on one level you can pretty much disregard this as you might most of his opinions. But what he is saying here echoes what you hear around the league. The clear frontrunner for the Magic job is former NBA player Jacque Vaughn, who has been a Spurs assistant coach the last two years. That’s the start of a nice pedigree. But it’s far less experience than guys like Brian Shaw and Mike Malone, both of whom deserve a shot soon. Nobody is quite sure what the Magic are doing on any front.

But Hennigan is the guy who has to live with his decision, so he needs to make the one that he is most comfortable with. And he knows full well he has to live with the consequences, also.

  1. timb12 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Are they trying to keep “Dwite Howard”?

  2. raidmagic - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    oh and here’s a list of people that give a crap about what Shaq says:


    • slopmcflop - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Who’s the guy in shades

      And why does he care what Shaq says?

      • cbking05 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        The guy in the shades is one of those wanna be cool Miami players…you know the ones with the geeky glasses that think they are trend setters

      • raidmagic - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Lol apparently when you do parentheses and a number 8 it gives you a cool smilie guy

  3. dsjcn3 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Is Brian Shaw terrible at interviews or something? I swear every coaching opening has him as a prime candidate but he never gets his shot.

    • raidmagic - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      I’m starting to think the same thing. Interesting, I’d like to know why he keeps getting passed over

    • cbking05 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      I heard he has bad breath

  4. elComandanteenJefe - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I’m still holding my breath on his upcoming show “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal” (working title). Can’t wait to see and hear what the BIG Fella has in store .

    • elComandanteenJefe - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      ……. wait…. wait….

      • elComandanteenJefe - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM


  5. zacksdad - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM


    This was already posted by Matt, thanks for the repost on PBT:

  6. jetstizzi85 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Shaq is still upset he didnt get a chance to interview for the job.

  7. fanz928 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    True , magics should have hired Sloan or shaw

  8. donstr69 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Who cares what Shaq says? Ole man can’t even spell, hit spell check dude

  9. j0esixpack - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I trust Shaq’s opinion in part because apparently he is one of the few people who knows the correct spelling of Dwite’s name.

  10. jostler18 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Shaq is blood in a turd; you pay attention to it because you have to, and it makes your anus hurt.

  11. skinsfanwill - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    It’s funny, but Shaq is right in this case. I still don’t give a zhit what he has to say, but he is right. Maybe they are thinking if you plan on tanking a season, tank it with a no name coach so you won’t have any problems firing his azz when he bombs out. As a GM you have to have a scapegoat going into a rebuilding season.

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