Pat Williams Rumors
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?
Williams, the Magic’s co-founder and senior VP, couldn’t imagine Perry’s captivating ride since his Magic departure that followed the franchise’s worst five-season stint in history. “He’s here for five years, working as a right-hand man to [former GM] Rob Hennigan,’’ Williams told The Post. “He was very behind the scenes, the invisible guy. Don’t think he was ever quoted. Suddenly he’s extremely visible. Quoted more in the last two weeks than his entire career.
The Orlando Magic have decided who will represent them at the NBA Draft Lottery on May 17 in Manhattan. Franchise co-founder Pat Williams will sit in the room where pingpong balls will be drawn, and general manager Rob Hennigan will sit on stage when the lottery results are revealed on TV, a Magic spokesman said.
The Magic have made a critical decision that could alter the 2015-16 season. What, they’ve named a new head coach? Nah. This is bigger, much bigger: They will station good-luck charm Pat Williams in the room closer to the actual ping-pong balls for the NBA Draft Lottery on May 19 in New York. Williams has won three previous lotteries with Orlando — the last one coming in 2004 (Dwight Howard.)
If only T-Mac could find a team that agrees with him. Even Williams, who fondly remembers the back-to-back NBA scoring titles McGrady had for his Magic a decade ago, sighs softly when asked about the comeback. “Tracy has milked every bit of basketball talent out of his body,” Williams says. “There’s nothing left.”
But there it was, this exotic phrase: multiple myeloma. His first question was the one that most naturally occurs to a patient, how long do I have to live? Dr. Reynolds’ answer was not comforting: Two years, maybe three. “When I got the news, obviously I was shocked,” Williams said. “Just stunned. That was the last thing on my mind, that I might have cancer. I could not imagine it. “When Dr. Reynolds broke the news, I was just—wow, I was overwhelmed. I had been a fitness nut, I have been careful about my lifestyle and suddenly I am being told I have multiple myeloma, something I had never even heard of.”