Shaquille O’Neal Declines Invitation To Magic GM Job

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0  Updated at 8:57 am, May 24th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — The man with too many nicknames to mention could have had another one on the way but instead declined the Orlando Magic general manager job that is currently vacant.

Reports were that the former all-star center Shaquille O’Neal could be headed back to Orlando, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard on Thursday.

But after reports, O’Neal decided he would stay put in his current career.

“When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued,” O’Neal said in a statement Thursday. “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.”

O’Neal is currently a NBA analyst for TNT.

“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.”

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