Orlando’s Silence Fueling Rampant Rumors

Silence can be an organization’s biggest weapon, and one of its biggest risks.

Magic fans are growing frustrated with this longer-than-expected process to hire a new GM and you knew it would not take long for something crazy to jump into the fold without much backing.

All the while, Orlando has remained silent, unable and unwilling to comment on a search that is ongoing.

The search continues as Alex Martins selects his finalists to present to the DeVos family. That has not stopped people from churning stories out and trying to create something where there is nothing. In has stepped Sam Vincent, frustrating the Magic with somewhat wild rumors in his now leaked presentations to the team.

I linked to it yesterday, but the crux of Vincent’s latest offer as described by Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated to the Magic is to bring Phil Jackson on board as a consultant (and possibly minority owner) to help guide the Magic. Vincent would be in Orlando as the day-to-day point man. And the two would bring in Brian Shaw to be the head coach with Scottie Pippen as one of his assistants.

Only one problem to this plan: Jackson is not signed on to it and it appears that it is just Vincent spinning wheels in proposals to the Magic.

Jackson’s agent told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that Jackson never expressed interest with the Magic and the Magic never called him: Todd Musburger, one of Jackson’s agents, did not return a phone call from the Sentinel for comment. But Musburger told NBA.com, “One, Phil never voiced any interest in Orlando, never had us check it out, never checked it out himself. Two, Orlando never called.”

Yes, this Jackson idea and rumor seems to be completely coming from Vincent. But knowing the news media today and how big Jackson’s name is, you know the media is going to run with it.

The Magic, for a change, have done a good job keeping a lid on their search and going through their process in selecting the new GM. Unfortunately, that leaves a vacuum for others to speculate and leak information.

That is what this Jackson scenario seems really to be telling us. People are hungry for information and a story, and so they will run with something when it gets brought to them.

Would this plan actually work? I have to agree with Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel who is skeptical of having a first-time GM and a first-time coach running the team at this critical juncture. Experience was supposed to be a key trait for the incoming general manager and Jackson certainly lacks that in a front office capacity — although he has plenty of championship experience to impart.

But Magic fans are getting impatient. As Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld tweeted today, Magic brass appear to be getting impatient with the search too and are ready for it to come to an end. Everyone is seeking closure he said from Chicago where assistant GM Dave Twardzik is representing the Magic at the draft combine.

Until the void is filled, rumors like Vincent’s proposal are going to surface as people try to angle and serve their agendas, whatever they may be.

A resolution is coming for Orlando. It appears to be coming soon as the search nears an end.

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Phil Rossman-Reich Philip Rossman-Reich is a life-long Magic fan and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is currently balancing law school and blogging for Orlando Magic Daily, Crossover Chronicles and Lake The Posts. You can read the latest on Magic news, rumors and analysis over at OrlandoMagicDaily.com.

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