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Ownership Committed to Winning

By Chevall Kanhai
August 3, 2010

Last week the Magic announced a few promotions within the front office. Alex Martins has been promoted to Team President and Otis Smith has been promoted to President of Basketball Operations. Also, head coach Stan Van Gundy agreed to a contract extension which runs until the 2012-2013 season. This has arguably been the best set of personnel in Orlando's franchise in leadership and success. Alex Martins has headed the Amway Center project locally while Otis and Stan focused on putting together a winning NBA team.

A new arena and the Magic entering next season with possibly the highest pay-roll ($93-million compared to the $70-million salary cap) can mean nothing less than a franchise doing something right. Now Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Bob Vander Weide, Rich Devos' son-in-law, has taken up the role of most of the organizations leadership.

“In light of the current business arrangement in the league, I would just tell you we will look at every opportunity — and not specifically to your question — but every opportunity to improve this team. And we will do that.”-Vander Weide

Not often do you find a franchise or ownership opening their pockets deep in order for an NBA team to gain success or a chance at the coveted NBA Championship. As a devoted fan who spends a good amount of energy, time and money into the team I don't mind the spending. We all want to see our teams win and the better part is having an ownership, front office, head coach and team committed to doing the same.


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