Put this one down as a prediction worth revisiting, even if it may take 14 years to play out. Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel this week that he believes the Magic will win an NBA championship by the year 2030.
"I certainly believe by 2030 we will have won at least one championship," Martins said. "And I say 'at least.' I firmly believe we're going to get there and once you get there, you got the kind of team that hopefully can come back.
"I believe we will have won a championship."
Martins went on to predict a football national championship for the Universty of Central Florida, a possible Olympic bid for a Florida major city and an NFL team relocating to Orlando, again all by the year 2030. This guy really thinks a lot about the future, doesn't he?
As far as the Magic winning an NBA title goes, certainly he's given plenty of time to cover himself and, possibly, for people to forget he even made the proclamation. By 2030, even players like Karl-Anthony Towns will be in the twilight of their careers. It's impossible to predict much at all about what the NBA will be in 10, 12 or 14 years.
Right now, however, the Magic seem pretty far away from contending for a championship. They are just 11-15 despite signing both Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo in free agency this past summer. They also haven't made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season. For the Magic to win a title, they would have to acquire some superstars and right now they don't appear to have any.
One could argue, however, that of his boldest predictions the Magic winning it all might be the most likely. Either that, or the city of Orlando getting an NFL team.
We'll see if anything from Martins' crystal ball ends up coming true.
[Via Pro Basketball Talk]