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Shaq Wishes He Had More Patience Instead Of Leaving Magic In 1996

Mar 27, 2015 8:17 PM

Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Orlando Magic on Friday to be inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.

O'Neal was drafted by the Magic in 1992 and helped lead the team to the 1995 NBA Finals. O'Neal left the Magic in 1996 to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It's unexpected because I came here to win. We won games, and then I made a business decision," said O'Neal, who becomes the third member of the Magic's hall, joining co-founder Pat Williams and first-ever draft pick Nick Anderson. "It's never personal. The [team owner Rich] DeVos family knows that. And I accomplished [a championship] somewhere else. It's not like I didn't think they weren't going to be upset or anything. But it's business. It was all business.

"Do I regret it? I never fully answer it. I regret it sometimes. Is this where I started and should have stayed? I actually wish they made it a law that whoever drafts you, you gotta stay there your whole career."

O'Neal said the DeVos family deserves "a couple" of championships and that the Magic's 1995 Finals team, which also featured a core of Penny Hardaway and Anderson, had a chance to get back.

"That's why I kind of regret it, because we had a young, fabulous team," O'Neal said. "We really did. And it's a shame that we got torn apart. But I think about that all the time. I try not to live my life now on 'ifs' or 'would've, should've,' but do I regret leaving here in '96, yes I do."

The NBA changed their rules concerning players coming off a rookie contract after O'Neal left the Magic.

"I wish I would have had more patience," he said. "I wanted to be protected from the bashing. What I mean by that is I wanted to win then. Even when I got [to Los Angeles], I still got bashed. It took four years to win. But I was very impatient. I was very young, and I thought that if I go there, with those guys out there, I could win right away and that wasn't the case.

"Now that I'm older now, I wish as a youngster I would have had more patience."

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Shaq To Be Inducted Into Orlando Magic Hall Of Fame

Mar 12, 2015 12:36 PM

The Orlando Magic will induct Shaquille O'Neal into their Hall of Fame on March 27.

O'Neal played for the Magic between 1992 and 1996, leading the team to one NBA Finals appearance.

"Shaq put the Orlando Magic on the map – not just in the state of Florida or in the United States; he was this global phenomenon,’’ said FOX Sports Florida television play-by-play announcer David Steele, one of just three Magic employees to work for the franchise all 26 years of its existence. "When we traveled, it was like a traveling rock show. Everybody wanted to see Shaq."

O'Neal joins Pat Williams and Nick Anderson as the third member of the Magic Hall, which was created in 2014.

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Brian Shaw has interest in the head coaching job of the Orlando Magic if it becomes available.

Shaw was fired this week by the Denver Nuggets before the end of his second season with the franchise.

Karl replaced George Karl and was a bad fit.

Shaw played three seasons with the Magic (1994-95 to 1996-97) before retiring after the 2002-03 season.

He served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers.

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Marble is in his rookie season.

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Andrew Nicholson has been made available by the Orlando Magic in trade talks, according to sources.

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Nicholson was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Scott Skiles Emerges As Serious Candidate For Magic

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Scott Skiles is a serious candidate to eventually become head coach of the Orlando Magic.

Skiles played for the Magic during his playing career.

Skiles was most recently head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks following stints with the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns.

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Magic Fire Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego To Become Interim Head Coach

Feb 5, 2015 12:10 PM

Jacque Vaughn has been fired as head coach of the Orlando Magic.

Vaughn's job has been in danger for over a week as the Magic have struggled this season.

The Magic are currently in the middle of a 10-game losing streak.

James Borrego is expected to become interim head coach of the Magic.

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Andrew Wiggins, Elfrid Payton Named Rookies Of The Month

Feb 4, 2015 7:51 PM

Andrew Wiggins and Elfrid Payton have been named the NBA Rookies of the Month for January.

Wiggins has won the award in every month of the season.

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Magic Reassign Devyn Marble To D-League

Feb 2, 2015 1:39 PM

The Orlando Magic have reassigned Devyn Marble to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League, the team announced Monday.

Marble has made one prior appearence in the D-League.

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