HoopsHype Alex Martins rumors


June 6, 2012 Updates
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For the past few days, Phil Jackson was interested in the possibility of joining the Magic's front office. Then, late Thursday afternoon, Jackson bowed out. Magic CEO Alex Martins was formally presented on Wednesday with a scenario involving Jackson by Sam Vincent, who played for the Magic and Jackson. "It drew some interest from Phil," Vincent said. "But in the end, Phil decided to go with another opportunity." Orlando Sentinel

Jackson is apparently headed back to the NBA in some capacity, but he pulled out here before Martins had a chance to run it by owner Rich DeVos. Martins learned of Jackson's exit Thursday, but would not comment. "Not because of this specific situation, but because I have been consistent during the search that I won't comment on specific candidates," Martins said in an e-mail. "I stand by my statement that we will put a premium on searching for Championship experience in the positions within in our search." Orlando Sentinel

May 30, 2012 Updates

According to sources, Orlando CEO Alex Martins will interview former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower on Thursday. It is believed that Martins is traveling to visit with candidates as opposed to having them come to Orlando, and that meeting is likely in Bowers' New Orleans locale. SI.com

May 29, 2012 Updates

Jeff Van Gundy on Tuesday criticized the Orlando Magic for firing his older brother, Stan Van Gundy. Speaking on a teleconference with reporters to promote ESPN’s coverage of the Eastern Conference finals, Jeff Van Gundy was asked about recent comments he made in which he was critical of Magic CEO Alex Martins. “I know that in the three years before Stan came to Orlando, Dwight Howard had never had a winning record and he had never won a playoff game and he’d never been the Defensive Player of the Year,” Jeff responded. “He’d never been an All-NBA player. So I know all those things. “Listen, teams have the right to change coaches. . . . Every coach has been through it except for the very few lucky ones. But there is a manner in which you go about changing that shows you have a dignity and an integrity about you. Their callous disregard for what Stan helped them to do — winning more playoff series in his five years and they have had in the entire time they’ve been a franchise. Add into that that he’s my brother? Sure, it impacted my comments. Orlando Sentinel

May 25, 2012 Updates

Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday that he expects to begin interviewing candidates next week. Time is of the essence, because the Magic's new head of basketball operations will spearhead the search for a new head coach and because the NBA draft looms on June 28. Orlando Sentinel

Martins has identified championship experience as a "plus" for candidates, and CBSSports.com predicted that the Magic would seek to interview Mitch Kupchak, the current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Other potential candidates include former Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks executive Donnie Walsh, former New Orleans Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower, Pacers General Manager David Morway, Pacers Director of Player Personnel Kevin Pritchard and Boston Celtics Assistant General Manager Ryan McDonough. Orlando Sentinel

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May 16, 2012 Updates

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said Tuesday night that his evaluation process of the team’s basketball operations department is still ongoing. “No decisions have been reached,” Martins told the Orlando Sentinel via text message. Orlando Sentinel

Martins and Chairman Dan DeVos have said team officials evaluate the performance of the basketball-operations department and other areas within the organization after every season. But the status of Otis Smith, the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager, and coach Stan Van Gundy are in doubt. Smith reportedly will meet with team officials Wednesday. Orlando Sentinel

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