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Friday, July 27, 2007

Venues deal approved!

Bianchi: Three cheers for Crotty showing tough leadership
It would have been a serious breach of journalism ethics, but there was a little part of me that wanted to run up and high-five Rich Crotty.

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Political Pulse: Venues deal approved



  • At 1:48 AM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said…

    High-fives to everyone involved. The Magic are here to stay!

  • At 4:12 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Thanks to all those who voted "YES" This is a great day for the City of Orlando. Our Hometown team is staying in our Hometown.

  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    This is great news for Orlando, the Magic and the Orlando business community.

    Good for the city and county for swallowing their dislike of the Devos family and getting this approved.

    Now if only Devos would sell and new owners would bring better management.

  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    At least we have team security now. Good day to be a magic fan. Cant wait to see the design's of the magic's new home.

  • At 6:10 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Wonderful achievement for Orlandeans despite a vocal minority trying to skew the majority support. Commissioners also pulsed their constituents long enough to make sure that their seats are safe. Big loser; Harris Rosen who has threatened to sue Orange County if they do not put the venues to referendum. Since when we are living in Switzerland? Anybody who wishes to bring a lawsuit could be my guest, provided he has extra money to burn.

  • At 6:29 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I enjoyed Otis's comments:

    "I think it’s good for the franchise and good for the community," Smith said. "You kind of get on an even playing field now with all the other NBA franchises from around the country. It’s nice to have a shiny, new building with a team that is poised to be pretty good. It’s not like we’re going into a new building with an expansion team."

    "We’re progressing toward a championship now and I think by 2010 we should be like a well-oiled machine by then. We have a young Dwight, who in three years is going to be a beast. (The media) is waking up Rashard by asking if he’s worth the money we spent on him. I think by then that we’ll have a good nucleus that’s headed in the direction of competing for a championship."


    At least now I know I'll never have to move out of the Orlando area! ;)

  • At 7:29 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I am with WeRDevos that the best thing for the Magic is that Rich Devos sells the team. With the venues approved, hopefully they will get the price that they are looking for. A championship team is not going to be built on this ownership and this management.

  • At 5:07 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    With the right coach this team would have already won a championship.

  • At 6:10 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    The problem with this ownership is that:

    1 - They insist on staying below the salary cap. They don't have the business insight of owners like Mark Cuban to see the value of adding equity to the business while absorbing losses in the short term. That kind of business model will not produce championship teams. The luck of the draw will only take you so far and for a span of 3-5 years to hang on to the nucleus of the players.
    2 - They typically go the cheap route in hiring professionals - coaches, GMs and likes - with only a couple of exceptions. As a result most often they take a step forward but soon a couple of steps backward. Once again luck plays a role, but luck itself cannot take the place of experience and skill.

    Let me be clear about it that I don't care what Otis Smith thinks or says. He is a light weight and inexperienced GM who can only offer limited capacity and yet within the limitations imposed on him by the ownership. To think that Hedo and Rashard could fill in the PF and SF positions is just a project at best and not a very smart one. As it stands, it is a necessity based on the available assets not a choice by design. I am of the opinion that the GM should be aggressively pursuing trades to solidify the PF position not looking for "insurance" as though he is satisfied with the starters, unless he thinks - as did Brian Hill - that Battie is starters material. Otis Smith made plenty of mistakes this summer that I have pointed out in details, and keeps making mistakes while making foolish comments and predictions way out of his league. He is not an accomplished public speaker, and will be better served to say the least. The man needs to keep quiet and go to work.


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