So much for the idea that Shaquille O'Neal was going to come back to Orlando to be the Magic's GM, replacing Otis Smith. The former Magic superstar published a press release today to say that he has no intentions of leaving his current gig with TNT's NBA coverage.
When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued. 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
While this is a disappointment, given the poor track record of former players who became general managers it may not be the worst thing in the world that Shaq is deciding to stay in front of the cameras rather than go to the front office of the Orlando Magic.
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