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Jimmy Hewitt Rumors

“Jimmy Hewitt is the reason the Magic and professional sports exist in Orlando,” Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins said in a statement released by the team and published on the Magic’s website. “It was Jimmy’s belief, perseverance, community spirit and vision that ‘Orlando is the place to be,’ which brought NBA basketball to Orlando and Central Florida. He is truly the founding father of the Orlando Magic and for that we will be eternally grateful. He was like a father to all Magic fans and we will miss him dearly.”
Storyline: Jimmy Hewitt Death
Before Williams returned to Philadelphia, Hewitt turned what seemed like an innocuous question into a bolt out of the blue. “He drove me out to the airport, and I just said, ‘If pro basketball were to go in Florida, where would you put the team, Miami or Tampa?’ That really got him upset,” Williams recalled. “He said, ‘Neither place. You’d put it right here in Orlando.’ And I remember saying as we got to the airport, ‘Well, Jimmy, if you really believe that, you might get a hold of David Stern and just see what’s going on.’ And I thought no more of it. The next week, I’m back in my office in Philadelphia. The phone rings, and it’s Jimmy saying, ‘Bubba, we’ve got an appointment with David Stern in New York. We’re going up to see him next week.’ ”