Alex Martins Rumors
The Orlando Magic will choose among four potential venues as the home site for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate. The possible locations are ESPN Wide World of Sports’ HP Field House, Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and The Lakeland Center, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Officials representing each location have informed the Magic they intend to submit proposals, Martins said.
The Magic have pledged $1.5 million toward a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of a new campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. “A strong, vibrant, dynamic downtown is paramount to the continued growth of our community,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins, a UCF trustee and alumnus. “UCF’s downtown campus will be a catalyst for that continued development, bringing several thousand students downtown, while serving as a center for job creation. “The DeVos family and Orlando Magic are proud to be founding partners in this project, which will have a tremendous economic impact and serve as another stimulus diversifying opportunities available in our city.”
Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins has been named to Orlando Magazine’s Most Powerful People list for the eighth consecutive year, ranking twelfth on this year’s list. Martins has remained a fixture in the rankings of the most dynamic leaders in Central Florida for much of the past decade. He was a “Hall of Power” member after ranking in Orlando Magazine’s Top 5 for five years in a row of their “Most Powerful People” rankings and sat atop that list in 2012.
“As we began our search, our internal discussions centered on finding a head coach with a solid resume of NBA head coaching experience, great leadership qualities, a motivating communication style, and someone with a strong strategic acumen,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We feel Scott (Skiles) brings a balanced approach in all those qualities and we look forward, with great confidence, to him leading our young men in helping us reach our collective goal of sustainable success.”
Orlando’s drafting success under GM Rob Hennigan and Assistant GMs Scott Perry and Matt Lloyd has CEO Alex Martins confident that the Magic will be able to uncover a gem with the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft. “I have an incredibly high level of confidence in our Basketball Operations team because they have drafted very, very well over the course of the last several drafts,’’ said Martins, who represented the Magic on the lottery dais Tuesday night. “We know that they’ll do the same this year to add another core piece that we’ll be able to build around for many years to come.’’
Scott Skiles has been linked to the Magic since former head coach Jacque Vaughn was fired. Skiles remains close with a number of the Magic’s ownership and senior leadership personalities including Magic CEO Alex Martins. It’s believed that Skiles has already had informal conversations about the Magic job, with some close to the situation saying Skiles not only would take the job if offered, he’s tried to campaign a little.