Posted May 24, 2012

Shaq declines invitation to interview for Magic GM role

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Shaquille O’Neal announced that he has declined an invitation to interview for the Orlando Magic’s GM role on Thursday. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal has declined an invitation from the Orlando Magic to interview for the teams General Manager position, according to a statement he made obtained by ESPNBoston.com’s Jackie MacMullan on Thursday:

“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. 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.”

Following last seasons retirement from the NBA after 20 years, O’neal joined Inside the NBA on TNT. The Magic parted ways with their general manager, Otis Smith, on Monday.