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SBD/May 24, 2012/Franchises
Magic Reportedly Consider Talking To Shaquille O'Neal About Vacant GM Position
Published May 24, 2012
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CAN YOU HANDLE IT? When asked if Howard will select the team's next GM, Magic Senior VP Pat Williams said, "No. Alex has made that abundantly clear. Listen, we want Dwight Howard in a Magic jersey for life, there's no doubt about that. But, he needs to decide what he wants." Williams said of potential candidates for the team’s GM opening, "Alex has said his phone has been ringing off the hook. There will be no shortage of candidates" (BAYNEWS9.com, 5/23). ESPN’s Magic Johnson said O’Neal would “be great” for the Magic because Howard “needs somebody to really talk to, that can mentor him, not just on the basketball court but off the court as well.” Johnson said, “Dwight Howard: Make a decision ... quick this summer. Either you want to stay or you want to leave. He has to make a decision because now whoever’s running the organization they can move on or they know they got him and build around him” (“NBA Countdown,” ESPN, 5/23).
A FULL-TIME JOB: ESPN’s Tim Legler said O'Neal "probably thinks just because he thinks this guy is pretty good, this guy can't play, he can be a GM." Legler: "There's a lot more to it than that. It's so time-consuming. If you want to do it right, you've got to be there all the time, and I think that's been one of the problems that Michael Jordan has had" ("Mike & Mike in the Morning," ESPN Radio, 5/24).
NOT A GOOD WEEK: In Orlando, George Diaz asks, “Which stock took a greater hit this week -- Facebook or the Orlando Magic brand?” The Magic “have supplanted the Los Angeles Clippers as the NBA's most screwy franchise.” The team “couldn't even fire their coach properly,” as Van Gundy was “at the Magic offices earlier on Monday, only to get a call several hours later from Martins telling him he had been fired.” Diaz: “That's an unprofessional cheap shot, and Van Gundy deserved better than that” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/24).