Last week, the big news was that Shaquille O'Neal, current TNT analyst, was being looked at as a possible GM candidate for the Orlando Magic. Then he promptly removed his name from the list stating Thursday,
"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 (Barkley), Kenny (Smith) and E.J. (Ernie Johnson). I wish the best for the Magic and I am confident that they will select a great GM and coach."
It was reported by ESPN that Shaq had lobbied heavily to get his name in the conversation for this job, but then he quickly retracted it. Shaq as a GM is not the worst idea in the world, but it's far from the best right now. He received his doctorate in education from Barry University back in May, so he's no bozo, but he's still not GM material.
The situation in Orlando is a sensitive one. They are now searching for a coach and a GM, and trying to figure out what to do with Dwight Howard. The reported thinking was that Shaq would be able to convince Howard to stay, despite their years of outright dislike for each other.
What the Magic need is an experienced GM, or at least someone with front office experience who can go in there and get the job done immediately. Shaq is not that guy. Although, I have to admit, it would have been fun adding to his already long list of nicknames.
Shaq is doing an excellent job as an analyst and should stay with the TNT guys for awhile longer. He may be GM material in the future, but right now, he's definitely not the guy to fix the situation down in Orlando.