Tuesday was a HOME RUN DAY for the Orlando Magic and CEO Alex Martins!
Not only do the Magic hire Jeff Weltman as the new President of Basketball Operations—on Tuesday afternoon it was announced that the Magic had come to terms with Bucks GM John Hammond to take the general manager’s gig here in O-Town.
OH HAPPY DAY!
I have said it many times over the last several weeks on ESPN Afternoons with Scott Anez-- It is high time for this franchise to reclaim its big, bad and bold status again. It’s time for this team, after five years of “process” and “organic growth”, to become the Orlando Magic again.
Whether it was Shaq, Penny or signing Horace Grant. Whether it was going out and inking Hall of Famer Chuck Daly to a megadeal or getting Dr. J, Julius Erving, to work in the front office Whether it was this team going out and signing free agent Rashard Lewis--there was always a buzz about the Orlando Magic.
Over the last five years, not so much.
But the hiring of both of these experienced, savvy basketball men is the best thing that has happened to this organization in a long, long time.
Will Weltman and Hammond score a single bucket for the Magic in the future? No.
Will these guys be able to run the pick and roll? Hit three pointers?
But, Magic fans, this is a start---a great start on the road to recovery.
Hammond, with some 35 years of NBA experience, comes to Orlando after nine seasons as the boss in Milwaukee.
Under Hammond’s guidance, the Bucks made the playoffs in four of those years—but most importantly, Hammond fingerprints are currently all over a team that has transformed into a young, long, lanky, athletic buzzworthy basketball team.
Oh, and did I mention that Hammond, with Weltman by his side, drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo 15th overall back in 2013? Not sure if I mentioned that or not…
We’ve gotten back to our big, bad and bold roots again.
Thank you basketball gods.