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Report: Shaq, Orlando Magic won’t talk (updated)

Shaquille O’Neal — make that Dr. Shaquille O’Neal — received a Ph.D in education from Barry University earlier this month. (Peter Andrew Bosch / AP)

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with report that O’Neal won’t interview

Shaquille O’Neal will not interview with the Orlando Magic for the team’s vacant general manager position, according to an ESPN Boston report.

Jackie MacMullen cited unnamed sources who said that O’Neal has decided he wants to continue as a TNT analyst.

Originally filed at 1:43 p.m.

How does Dr. General Manager Shaquille O’Neal sound?

ESPN reported that O’Neal and the Orlando Magic would meet as early as next week to discuss the team’s vacant general manager position.

Magic officials weren’t commenting on the report by Chris Broussard, but Shaq, who, as a player, bolted Orlando for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, was campaigning for the job a couple of months ago. As is always the case with O’Neal, though, he may not have been entirely serious.

“I would love to be the general manager of the Orlando Magic,”  O’Neal said in March on Mike Bianchi’s Open Mike radio show. “Alex Martins, you’ve got my number. Call me!”

O’Neal holds a Ph.D in education, but if he’s serious, a psychology degree might be handier when it comes to dealings with the team’s occasionally disgruntled star, Dwight Howard. He may or may not want out of Orlando but certainly did his part in getting Coach Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith fired. If O’Neal could convince Howard to play in Orlando beyond next season, this just might work.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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