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Dec 06

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “On a day Orlando Magic officials pledged publicly they’ll do everything they can to keep Dwight Howard, the team announced that the second-highest person in the team hierarchy — a person who has been in contact with Howard recently — is leaving his post. Team officials announced that Bob Vander Weide, the son-in-law of Magic Owner Rich DeVos, has stepped down from his post as the Magic’s chief executive officer. Alex Martins has been promoted from president to CEO. Vander Weide, Martins and Dan DeVos — one of the owner’s sons and now the team’s new chairman — insisted that Howard’s situation had nothing to do with Vander Weide stepping down. […] Vander Weide, a member the NBA’s labor-relations and planning committees, said he was waiting for the league’s labor dispute to be resolved before he made his intentions public.”
  • In the same article, Bob Vander Weide explains the context of his phone conversation with Dwight Howard: “I can just tell you that, having spoken to Dwight Monday night after playing paddle tennis with a couple of buddies and having a couple of glasses of wine, I was not intoxicated, and we had a conversation. There was no hard feelings. He had called a couple of times, and I wanted to get back to him. The only thing I can say is maybe I should of waited until the next morning having been with buddies and having had a couple of glasses of wine. But it was not aggressive. It was not negative. It was more ‘where we’re going to be this week.’ And we talked candidly.”
  • A look back at a 2008 profile on Vander Weide.
  • A breakdown of the Magic’s 2011-2012 regular season schedule.
  • The Orlando Magic will not be trekking to London this year.
  • It appears the only way Chris Paul can land with the Magic is if he forces the hand of general manager Dell Demps.
  • More on Orlando’s compressed schedule.
  • How do you build a winning team?
  • Royce Young of CBSSports.com chimes in on the rumors that the Magic are interested in acquiring Paul or Deron Williams in a trade: “What to make of these rumors? Well, first, they are a desperate attempt by the Magic organization to shift the discussion from the unprofessional conduct of one of their chief decision-makers during a critical time in the franchise’s history. The sooner everyone starts talking about rumors — any rumors — the more quickly everyone forgets that the guy employed to keep the only player worth more than a damn happy was too busy drinking wine and “paddling” to remember the basics of the boss/employee relationship. The bigger the name in the rumor, the better right now. Anything to restore some element of hope following a lockout and prior to the start of the 2011-2012 season.”
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie provides his thoughts on Vander Weide’s resignation.
  • Today’s 5-on-5 roundtable discussion on ESPN.com discusses the possibility of a Paul and Howard union forming with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • The mood is awkward in Orlando.
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Orlando thinks it has a 50/50 or better chance because Howard is conflicted. He does have roots in Orlando. And he wants to be liked and he saw how Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James took hits for leaving their markets. In his heart I think he wants to stay. But he also wants to win a ring, and he realizes that the Magic are a long way s from that right now.”
  • Matt Moore of CBSSports.com reacts to Vander Weide stepping down.
  • The waiting game continues with Howard.
  • The odds of Paul and Howard being traded to the Lakers — together — is low.
  • Important details on the amnesty provision in the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement: “[…] the provision will stay alive for the full length of the new collective bargaining agreement. Teams can use it only once, and only for ‘contracts in place at the inception of the CBA,’ according to a summary of the draft agreement.”
  • In other words, the Magic can wait to release either Gilbert Arenas or Hedo Turkoglu from their contracts. It can be this season. It can be next season. That being said, a team is not allowed to acquire Arenas or Turkoglu in a trade and amnesty them.
  • Magic fans just want Paul on the team as their Christmas present.