Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 1:01 pm  |  22 responses

Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide Drunk-Dialed Dwight Howard, Retired

With rumors swirling around Dwight Howard’s future, the Orlando Magic were dealt more turbulent news today, as CEO Bob Vander Weide reportedly will step down, leaving Magic leadership in flux as the ’11-12 season approaches. Perhaps more interesting is Vander Weide’s last move as CEO—a late-night call to Howard, pleading for him to stay in Orlando. Central Florida News 13 has the details: “Bob Vander Weide is retiring as CEO of the Orlando Magic, Bright House Sports Network learned Tuesday. Alex Martins, the Magic’s current president, was named as Vander Weide’s replacement. Vander Weide was promoted to CEO in July 2010 after serving as the team’s president for 16 years. He began his career with the Magic in 1992 as vice president of basketball operations. Solid sources have confirmed Vander Weide made a 1 a.m. phone call Tuesday morning to Magic superstar Dwight Howard, and Howard thought Vander Weide may have been intoxicated. On that call, Vander Weide told Howard how much the Magic want to keep him in Orlando.”

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  • Waggle

    It’s a conspiracy! Dwight to the mavericks!

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    lol the rigors of the job huh?

  • bike

    Rumor has it he professed to Dwight that he desired Dwight carnally.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wow. That is so unprofessional. Booze is dangerous.

  • ab40

    that’s crazy but losing shaq, penny, t-mac and Dwight Howard all on your watch might make you want to give up your job.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    LMAO he pulled a Drake and went all “Marvin’s Room”

  • LA Huey

    ab40, don’t forget, he traded away CWebb to get Penny.

  • ENDS

    ^eff those lakers that shaq loove so much…

  • ENDS

    I’m fine with penny for weber. and that wasn’t him that was john gabriel

  • robb

    I did it once with girlfriend who I thought was about to leave me. She left even quicker.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Maybe that’s a new strategy to keep your superstar.

  • MikeC.

    The drunk part is speculation.

  • The SIGMA

    lol thats funny..maybe this will keep him from going to the lakers ! lmao

  • Jono

    booze is dangerous indeed. boozer on the other hand, isn’t. except with a gym bag.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Given that he begged Dwight to stay…would it be better if he was drunk or not? Either way…not a good look bro.

  • sjr

    Maybe somebody now will do the the thing that would give Dwight confidence to stay…get rid of Otis. Three years he has blown up the team with decisions that must have been made at the same time and condition that VanDerweide was in.

  • Fat Lever

    Wine, an intense game of paddle, and drunk dialing a NBA superstar. So this is how the 1% live.

  • jimbo

    Good, people communicate better when they are drunk imo. They are less inhibited and are way more honest and direct to the point.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “i’m just saying you could do better”

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    Marvin’s Room. hahaha, you guys are funny.

  • Hmmm

    I wonder if there is more to this story. I hope D12 didn’t just rat him out. The man was desperate and sincere. Even if my mind was made up to leave, I wouldn’t have told anyone about the call. I would have preserved the little dignity that the CEO and team has left. Come on, Dwight, I know you’re not a snitch like that. All this to join forces w/ that Sith Lord Kobe Bryant? It’s almost like D12 is stalking Shaq’s career path. lol

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Yep, Stan was right about Dwight’s immaturity. I can already visualize the page illustration for SVG’s tell all children’s book.