Orlando Magic general manager John Weisbrod resigned Monday to pursue opportunities in hockey.: What opportunities?
posted by graymatters to hockey at 11:39 AM - 10 comments
Ummm....I BLEED Electric Blue, Black, and White. I have been a fan since Nick Anderson was first drafted; and he's the first player to ever don a Magic uniform. The Magic are no longer are a hot ticket in the City Beautiful. They aren't even close to being a playoff contender for at least another 2-3 years. The "Franchise" will have gone under, Grant Hill will be playing "Piano Man" in retirement; him and his "six-million dollar ankle", and if Dwight Howard has a spectaclular year next season (which could be possible), he still won't be able to bang the boards as well as the OTHER first round pick we had in '92 (remember him?)! The "veterans" that the Magic have DO NOT have big game experience. They DO NOT now what it's like to go deep into the playoffs. Granted, they may have the heart, but do they have what it takes to be coheisvely (or however you spell that) great. In 1995, with the addition of ONE Horace Grant, the Magic went from being swept by the Pacers the year before to the FINALS. That was a GREAT team with Penny, Shaq, Ho-Grant, Nick, and 3-D....Even Jeff Turner played some awesome ball that year. How can a team backslide so far in ten seasons? WE might as well try to draft Curly Neal and the Globetrotters, that would at least provide some "entertainment". I'm sick of bobble heads and balloons.
posted by RLucaskywalker at 01:16 PM on May 23
Smart guy. Going from one sport that will go on strike to one that has been on strike for a year. Sounds like a real career move to me.
posted by dbt302 at 01:50 PM on May 23
Well the magic really haven't been good ever since Shaq left so pursuing hockey might not be that bad except where did all the hockey go. I mean this really angers me I live in Minnesota and no hockey is a kick to the nuts. Thank God its baseball season and we have the Twins.
posted by HitmanTennis at 01:52 PM on May 23
wow thats just great, he comes to town, screws up the team, trades the star, blah blah blah, the leaves for "opportunities"....opportunities to do what?....screw up sombodyelse's franchise.?...good riddance i say
posted by aroundotown at 03:00 PM on May 23
With the way he's acting, I don't think we'll be seeing this guy anywhere near the upper management of a pro sports franchise again. He's humiliating the Orlando Magic with all the talk about how he doesn't value an NBA championship. Makes the ownership look idiotic for ever hiring him in the first place. If he was going to be a bulldozer, it's too bad he didn't knock down TD Waterhouse Centre before he left. That place is the second worst facility I've been in, behind only the giant urinal that Texas Stadium has become.
posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on May 23
I don't know about that, Rcade. It seems like he'd be perfect for hockey.
posted by Samsonov14 at 06:54 PM on May 23
If I had to choose between two jobs that paid the same, one where there was no work to do, and one where there was a lot of work to do, I'd pick the former.
posted by hootch at 11:20 PM on May 23
My heart goes out to you, RLucaskywalker. But to jump from the NBA to the NHL now isnt the worst move at all. It's called "buy low, sell high." The odds of there being hockey next year are better than there being basketball next year, and the NHL will rebound eventually. The NBA will never be more popular than it was 15 years ago. Never. If he doesn't care about which sport he's involved in, and he wants to get in on the ground floor of something that's only going to grow, then this becomes a very smart move.
posted by chicobangs at 08:39 AM on May 24
Also, I thought Steve Francis was supposed to turn things around! I mean, the nickname! And he's so selfless and so -- team oriented! I did predict a few months ago that the Magic would dissolve by the end of the decade. And Rlucaskywalker, if it's any consolation, Tampa Bay Lightning season tickets are on sale. Same colors, and they are the defending Stanley Cup Champs. And they're only, what a hundred miles away? Maybe less?
posted by chicobangs at 08:42 AM on May 24
john Weisbrod resigned Monday to pursue opportunities in hockey. What opportunities? john needed a job so they used him as he scapegoat this team management is so cheap they let go of shaq then they let go of tmac the other thing is they dont have good development management former players are better on other teams now troy hudson shaq ben wallace horce grant tmac etc. rich devos u r such a cheapass want the magic city to pay for a new areana this team better stay in orlando i hope shaq retires soon to buy the magic so we could have a serious magic team since 92
posted by defrag3x at 03:48 PM on May 24
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