Pat Williams Rumors
See, the lottery’s format back then was different than it is today. There were 11 non-playoff teams in ‘93. And the rules didn’t derive from any complicated algorithms, handing the three organizations with the league’s worst records 14 percent odds each, then slightly worse percentages down the line, as they do today. “(Today’s system) is impossible to explain to anybody but an MIT mathematician,” Williams joked. “I have sat in the back room now for four or five years. And I see it unfold and have no idea what’s going on.”
Williams likes to think former NBA commissioner David Stern changed the rules in his mind before he’d even shook hands with the Magic exec after winning a second consecutive season. “I had to bite my lip after we won because nobody in that room was happy for us. Nobody,” Williams remembered. “You watch the video; you’ll see shock but no dancing. I tiptoed up to the stage, but David Stern was not happy to see me. He was not happy. (He was) like, ‘How did this happen to my lottery? This is not why we put it in there.’”
Josh Robbins: In a press conference, Pat Williams, who is retiring from the Magic, reiterated he’s in good health. One of his goals for the future is to build the Pat Williams Leadership Library to house the 30,000 books he’s collected since childhood.
Josh Robbins: Pat Williams also said he wants to spearhead the construction of a monument in front of Amway Center to honor the 10,000-plus people who put down $100 season-ticket deposits back in 1986. Those deposits made Orlando’s bid for an expansion team viable.
This year, the Magic will rely on a decades-old talking Lil’ Penny doll. Pat Williams, a co-founder of the Magic, intends to carry the toy into Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton for the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. Williams will sit in the room where four pingpong balls will be drawn from a lottery machine and hope the Magic win the top overall pick. The doll will sit close by. “We put the finest minds we’ve got on this one and this is what they came up with,” Williams joked.
Peter Vecsey: I am hostilely undecided what I find more egregious: Colangelo’s arrogant lack of subtlety in orchestrating the admission of the boldly unworthy Nike duo on successive ballots, as opposed to legitimate basketball contributors — Pat Williams, Rod Thorn, Al Attles, Red Kerr, Harvey Pollack and Zelda Spoelstra, recipients of the ‘coveted’ John Bunn Award. Or the media’s pathetic unresponsiveness to this freakin’ farce. Think it might have something to do with many of its Hall of Fame members spending time and playing golf on the arm at the Arizona resort owned by Colangelo?