First I'd like to thank our team for a great effort in the playoffs. We were truly underdogs in every category, yet we fought hard. It was reminiscent of the old "Heart and Hustle" days of Armstrong.
I'd also like to give out the first annual Heart and Hustle award to Big Baby. I will admit I was not crazy about him coming to the Magic, but he has played with the heart of a champion. I will refer to him no more as Big Baby, he is now Big Heart.
Some of my comments about ownership and the FO may have sounded harsh recently. The truth is that I admire DeVos very much for his business acumen. You don't build a company from scratch and become a billionaire by being a slouch. His business model of putting trusted people in place served him well in Amway. It has also helped build the business side of the Magic. The team's value has skyrocketed since his purchase and we have a new arena.
The issue I have is that that model has not served him well on the basketball side of the Magic organization. Promoting from within and rewarding people for their loyalty can pay dividends in a typical business, but that formula doesn't necessarily work in a sports organization. That is germane to this discussion because it appears the Magic are ready to promote Foyle to the GM position. I understand he is an upstanding guy, brilliant, has great relations with players etc., but he has ZERO experience as a GM.
manny55 wrote a great article on how and why we should hire an experienced GM. I won't rehash that, instead I'll throw out a few names for your consideration.
Walsh did a great job of bringing respectability back to NY.
Pritchard changed the culture of the "Jailblazers" and was a draft wizard.
I don't know a lot about Bowers, but I understand a lot of people respect him.
Foyle's name is on the ballot because it is rumored that he has already been interviewed.
Of course there are still Otis fans, so his name appears on the ballot as well.
Please add names you have in mind in the comment section..