shaquille o'neal*(Via ESPN) – A blast from the Orlando Magic‘s past has emerged in the team’s search for a new general manager — Shaquille O’Neal. Oops, we mean Dr. Shaquille O’Neal.

O’Neal, who began his legendary NBA career in Orlando, may meet with the Magic as soon as next week, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard. While he has no front office experience, the Magic believe O’Neal’s presence within the organization could help them retain Dwight Howard.

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If you find it crazy that Shaq would be campaigning for the Magic GM job, you haven’t been paying much attention for roughly two decades, writes Marc Stein.

Magic officials declined comment Wednesday night when asked about meeting with O’Neal, telling ESPN.com’s Marc Stein they will not be publicly discussing the process or timetable of their GM and coach searches in the wake of Monday’s dismissals of Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith.

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