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Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 3:03 pm
By Matt Moore  

The Orlando Magic announced Tuesday that Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide has stepped down as CEO. From the Orlando Sentinel
Alex Martins has been promoted from team president to CEO.

Vander Weides decision to step down was reported first by WKMG.

Vander Weide has been Oralndo Magic President/Chief Executive Officer since 1994. He began his career with the Magic in 1992 as Vice President of Basketball Operations. According to the Magic’s website, his responsibilities included player planning and procurement, long-term strategic planning and new business initiatives.
via Bob Vander Weide: Bob Vander Weide retires as Orlando Magic President -

That's a long time for someone to run an organization and then suddenly step down. Magic center Dwight Howard has been linked to a series of trade rumors over the past two weeks, centered around Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. An afternoon press conference has been scheduled. The reason for Vander Weide's departure is not known at this time. 

Ken Berger of reports that Magic executives were "taken aback" when they were informed of Vander Weide's resignation, and that it is considered retirement. Notably, Vander Weide admitted Tuesday to a reported call to Howard at 1 a.m. earlier this week after what he described as called "a couple of glasses of wine." 

Because, really, that's the best time to call the superstar who may or may not be seeking a trade and/or departing in free agency which would wreck your organization. From CFNews13: 

Vander Weide confirmed that he made a 1 a.m. phone call in recent days to Magic superstar Dwight Howard, and Howard thought Vander Weide may have been intoxicated. On that call, Vander Weide told Howard how much the Magic wanted to keep him in Orlando.  "I was playing paddle with friends and had a couple of glasses of wine," Vander Weide told BHSN.  "Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of wine... Maybe I should have waited until the morning."
via Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide to retire, Alex Martins promoted - Central Florida News 13.

Vander Weide also said that he had a "very good" relationship with Howard. 

Vander Weide serves on the NBA's Board of Governors. Orlando is set to host the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend in their brand new, publicly-funded Amway Center.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:48 pm

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

I hear he said he liked Howards smile and wanted to cuddle.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:00 am

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

Why on earth anybody would resign from from the Magic is absolutly insane to me, everyman reading this article would take this job in a heart beat and probably for way less then he was being paid, its a dream job i mean how many people can say oh yeah i drunk dialed Dwight Howard last night lol

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:09 pm

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

Haha he drunk dialed Howard

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:12 pm

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

People need to stop jumping to conclusions. VanderWeide was going to resign earlier, but then there was the lockout. He finished his job in relation to the lockout, and resigned, like he was planning on doing. Vanderweide helped build the Orlando Magic to the amazing organization they are today. The last 20 years he was apart of the orginization and helped bring them to the Finals two times, playoffs several times, and they are third winningest team in the playoffs in the last four years. So I would say he had a successful career with the Magic, he didn't resign because the media thinks Dwight is leaving, he resigned to move on and have other successful careers in different fields of work.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:45 pm
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Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:21 pm

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

Atleast Kiki Vandeweghe is still on board. As for Vander Weide, I say good riddance.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:02 pm

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

The head rat just jumped ship! As the ship takes on water more will follow. This is a sign that Dwight Howard is done in Orlando!

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:58 pm

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

Good thing the City (if you can call it that)

What else would you call it? Dik!  

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:38 pm

Magic CEO Vander Weide resigns

Just another sign that Dwight is heading out of Orlando. Vander Weide doesn't want to deal with the backlash. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Otis Smith gets fired after Dwight leaves also. Good thing the City (if you can call it that) of Orlando shelled out all that jack for the new stadium.

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