O'Neal, who retired as a player after the 2010-11 season, has been working as an analyst on NBA broadcasts. He began his NBA career with the Magic in 1992 after Orlando made him the top pick in that year's draft.
Another ESPN analyst, Stephen A. Smith, said Thursday on SportsCenter he thinks O'Neal's real motive is to someday become an NBA team owner. A third ESPN expert, Marc Stein, said his sources have indicated O'Neal has lobbied behind the scenes to be considered for the Magic GM job and the team will at least give him a courtesy interview.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic declined comment, and the team was still making its list of candidates for the job.
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