The Orlando Magic announced training camp will open October 1.
Amway, the Michigan-based direct sales company, said Wednesday that the 86-year-old DeVos was taken Aug. 19 to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after having a stroke. The company says he was kept for tests and observation before being released Aug. 21.
” Of course it is going to be a different team, our roles will be different. Actually it’s the reason why I’m going to USA this early, as Magic is in a rebuilding process we have new players, coaches and managers. I wanted to go there as soon as possible to see my new role and talk with the staff to understand their expectations from me. I really want to have a good season in my 13rd year in the NBA and I have both physical and mental capabilities to do that. I hope to stay away from injuries and have a successful season. ”
New Magic guard E’Twaun Moore was a little hurt when the Boston Celtics traded him, but he’s happy about his new opportunity:
“In the back of my mind, I was hurt a little bit because I didn’t get to play, but I stayed positive,” Moore said.
The 6-foot-3 guard never lost hope and recently agreed to a two-year deal with the rebuilding Orlando Magic.
“I’m definitely excited. You hardly play (in Boston) and then you get a chance on a new team,” Moore said. “I might even get to know Mickey (Mouse) a little bit.”
Thursday night, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will honor the Orlando Magic co-founder in Springfield, Mass. Williams will receive the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award — an award that previously went to such luminaries as former UCLA coach John Wooden, former Boston Celtics coach and executive Red Auerbach and former University of Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt.
Now 72 years old and with his blood disease multiple myeloma in remission, Williams is looking back on his accomplishments. His biggest: Bringing a team to Orlando.
“Pat was the driving force behind it,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said.
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