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Vander Weide Steps Down As Magic Vice Chair & CEO, Martins Named Replacement
Published December 7, 2011
TIMING IS STRANGE: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi asks, “Why retire from a job he was always so passionate about?” Vander Weide “absolutely loved being the Magic's Mark Cuban.” He is “dashing, good-looking, athletic, charismatic and outspoken,” and he had a “dream job that, quite frankly, wasn't overly stressful.” Now the entire future of the franchise “falls upon Martins,” and he will “either be the man who rode in on the white stallion and helped [team GM] Otis Smith keep Dwight in Orlando or he will be the man responsible for rebuilding the franchise after Dwight leaves.” Bianchi: “If you want to put one person in charge of leading the organization through these tumultuous times, Martins is your guy. … He is the rising star in the Magic's executive branch -- smart, smooth and politically savvy” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 12/7).
LATE NIGHT CALL: Vander Weide today confirmed that he called Howard at 1:00am ET recently but firmly denied a report that he “drunk dialed” the All Star. He admitted that he had some glasses of wine, “but I was not drunk.” Vander Weide: “That phone conversation has not changed my relationship with Dwight. We like each other. We even love each other as people” (MAGIC.com, 12/7). Bright House Sports Network's David Baumann reported Howard "thought Vander Weide may have been intoxicated" in the call in which Vander Weide "told Howard how much the Magic wanted to keep him in Orlando." Vander Weide: "I was playing paddle with friends and had a couple of glasses of wine. Maybe Dwight thought it was inappropriate to talk business after a couple of glasses of wine. ... Maybe I should have waited until the morning" (CFNEWS13.com, 12/6). SportsNet N.Y.'s Chris Carlin said, "I think everyone out there understands what I am saying when I say nothing good happens with alcohol and a telephone at 1:00am” (“Loud Mouths,” SportsNet N.Y., 12/6).