bill-swift - May 25, 2012
When head coach Stan Van Gundy was fired and general manager Otis Smith parted ways with the Orlando Magic fans of the team had to be a little concerned. Van Gundy is a heck of a coach; plenty of teams got excited when the news of his firing spread. Yea, Smith made some mistakes, but the team could do a whole lot worse than him.
They could hire former Orlando Magic star Shaquille O'Neal.
Yep. You heard right. Apparently Shaq Daddy is supposed to be interviewing for the job sometime next week. If you have to stop in order to hold back your laughter it's okay; you are not alone.
Why the team would want to hire someone with absolutely no experience in the job is perplexing. It is somewhat popular to hire former players for different positions—makes for great press releases for the public consumption. However, there is something to be said for experience.
Now when it comes to experience everyone had to have someone take a chance on them at some point in their careers. Why not Shaq here? The answer is simple. Orlando wants to try to keep Dwight Howard. Shaq has been openly critical of Howard; not exactly the kind of encouragement the team should be providing its star.
Players as GMs have not proven to be overly successful in the pass. Michael Jordan certainly fizzled when the Washington Wizards gave him a shot, and he hasn't done great as the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats either. To help football fans understand I just need to say one name—Matt Millen.
The report stating that Shaq was getting an interview could be wrong. Of course we'd like to think that the media would never lead us astray, but since the team is not confirming or denying any rumors related to their GM search we will not know for sure until (if) it happens.
(This guy could be your next GM Orlando. Careful--he's a maniac!)
Article by Travis Pulver
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