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Magic exec predicts NBA title, NFL team in Orlando by 2030

Magic exec predicts NBA title, NFL team in Orlando by 2030

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.

Here is exactly what he said:

"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]

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Survey of NBA general managers reportedly shows divide in how teams want to proceed with season

Survey of NBA general managers reportedly shows divide in how teams want to proceed with season

A conference call between NBA general managers and commissioner Adam Silver on Thursday revealed a divide as to how the GMs think the league should proceed if able to finish the 2019-20 season, according to a report by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

GMs were given a survey, the results of which were revealed on the call, and according to the report, they were split on several things:

  • Half the general managers voted to skip the rest of the regular season and go straight to the playoffs

  • More than half voted to reseed the playoffs 1 to 16, regardless of conference

  • About 75 percent voted in favor of a play-in tournament for bubble teams to determine the final playoff seeds; the other 25 percent voted in favor of a World Cup-style group stage

The play-in tournament was reported as a potential option by ESPN on Wednesday. Labeled as a “playoffs plus” format, it would allow teams just outside of the playoff picture like the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings -- all separated by just 1.5 games -- a way to play themselves into the playoffs if the regular season is in fact canceled. 

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The Wizards, currently the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference and 5.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot, weren’t mentioned in the report, but it did say 20-24 teams would be included. This would likely include Washington.

According to O’Connor, teams with top seeds like the East-leading Bucks and West-leading Lakers favor the play-in option over a group stage, likely because they get an easier matchup against lower-seeded teams and a less difficult path to a title. And because teams will always vote in their own best interest, the survey isn’t an indication of what will ultimately happen.

“There was zero commitment to any one plan,” one of the GMs told O’Connor. “But it was a call to gather more information.”

On Friday, Silver will talk with the league’s board of governors to discuss formats to resume the season, a potential timeline for return, and more. But nothing is expected to be determined on that call either.

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Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Scott Brooks: Bradley Beal is one of the NBA's best overall players

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks always has nice things to say about Bradley Beal, his star shooting guard. But on Thursday night's 'Wizards Greatest Hits' broadcast on NBC Sports Washington, he took it up a notch with his praise.

While speaking with host Chris Miller as they watched back the Wizards' Jan. 2019 win over the Knicks in London, Brooks shared some very high compliments of Beal.

"He is really one of the best players in the league," Brooks said. "All-around, not only at guard, he is one of the best players in the league. His game has improved so much over the past three years. He's getting better every year."

As they watched the fourth quarter of that Wizards-Knicks game, Brooks went on about how Beal can flip a switch during crunch time and how sometimes all it takes is a quick conversation between them.

"There are times where I need him to take over a game. I just say 'Brad, it's time,'" Brooks said.

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The best line from Brooks may have been when Beal not making the 2019-20 All-Star team came up. Brooks' coaching peers vote on the reserves and they famously left Beal out, which made for some history combined with his scoring average at the time.

Brooks wants to know from other NBA coaches: "If you don't think he's an All-Star, then why are you double-teaming every single time we play?"

If you get an answer to that question, Scott, be sure to let us know.

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