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A surprising name has emerged as the Orlando Magic continue their search for a new General Manager following Otis Smith's resignation on Monday: that of Shaquille O'Neal, the former Magic center who trashed the City Beautiful after leaving Orlando to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996. Chris Broussard reported the news on Wednesday's edition ESPN NBA Countdown, with ESPN colleague Marc Stein tweeting that info shortly thereafter.
O'Neal won four championships, three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards, and one regular-season MVP award during his playing career. He stands as the Magic's career leader in rebounds per game (12.5) and in blocks per game (2.8). He ranks behind only Tracy McGrady in points per game (27.2). He has publicly feuded with Magic superstar Dwight Howard on multiple occasions.
Since retiring at the conclusion of the 2010/11 season, O'Neal has joined Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley as an analyst for TNT.