If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder have to be honored by the Orlando Magic's interest in executives from both teams for their open GM position.
The two Western Conference Finalists have become the envy of the rest of the NBA, as two relatively small-market franchises who have been able to identify talent in the draft and compete for championships without exceeding the luxury tax.
The Thunder's GM, Sam Presti, is a disciple of Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford in San Antonio. Front-office executives influenced by the Spurs, like Rich Cho in Charlotte, have begun to spread throughout the league.
Orlando is interested in Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey and Oklahoma City VP and assistant GM Troy Weaver. At the very least, they are probably more qualified for the job than Shaq.