Shaquille O'Neal meeting with the Magic about their GM opening

The Magic are interviewing the greatest GM candidate EVER

5/24/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

February 25, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; TNT anchor and former player Shaquille O'Neal reports on air before the 2012 NBA All-Star Shooting Stars competition at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIREAfter firing coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith, the Orlando Magic are on the lookout for replacements.

There are a few options out there for coaches, but the Magic are looking in a rather peculiar direction for their new GM.

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Magic are meeting with former superstar center Shaquille O'Neal in regards to their GM position.

On the surface, this sounds absolutely insane. But when you take a deeper look at it, it really isn't THAT crazy.

Shaq is a pretty smart guy, as you can tell if you've seen him on TNT's pre-game and post-game shows.

Another key is that Shaq still has a solid relationship with a lot of guys in the league. Steve Nash, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire and Kevin Garnett are just a few of the many guys he has played with in the league. He might be able to bring in some outstanding free agents through his relationships around the league.

Another key would be the development of Dwight Howard, specifically on the offensive end. Howard is an outstanding defensive player, but is extremely limited offensively, and doesn't have the best arsenal of post moves.

Shaq could work with Howard on developing the offensive side of his game, and could not only convince Howard to stay in Orlando long term, but also help Howard develop into legend status.

Also, Shaq is beloved in Orlando, where he started his career.

Other former players have become GMs and done moderately well, including Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Steve Kerr and others. Some have failed in front office positions, like Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas.

In the end, I think it could be a successful move, particularly if he surrounds himself with an experienced team of "basketball people" to help make the big decisions. It would create huge buzz around the Magic, it would get the fans excited, and it could really open up possibilities with Dwight Howard.

And hey, it would be fun to watch.
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5/24/12   |   scquwi1   |   1232 respect

Shaq is a joke, he has no clue how to spot talent, no less put a team together.

5/24/12   |   jgclancy   |   4 respect

Hey..he just received his PH.d from Barry University...he's a shoo-in

5/24/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

I think that Shaq running a team would look similar to a dumpster fire... and I'm a big fan of his!!  This is a bad move!

And as for Shaq working with Howard on his post moves, didn't they already hire a guy named Patrick Ewing for that?

5/24/12   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

I'd give him the job, but with one stipulation. He has to wear his costume from "Kazaam!"