Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 11:10 am  |  18 responses

Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith and His Family Have Received Physical Threats

Otis Smith, the man with the unenviable task of convincing Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando (or at the very least, not get hosed in a trade for the franchise center), talks to the Orlando Sentinel about the pressures of his job, and reveals that he has received threats against himself and his family. Yikes: “I handle it fine. I can’t do anything more than I can do, one. Second, my track record pretty much speaks for itself. Until we go all the way down, how can you condemn me? For what? Trying? Condemn me. If trying is a sin, then I have sinned a lot, because I’m never going to stop trying. That’s not my makeup. I don’t read what you write. I really don’t. When I say I don’t, I really don’t. So I don’t know. I get a lot of people saying, ‘Hang in there.’ And I don’t really know what they’re talking about, because I don’t read it. And I really don’t. Good or bad, I just don’t read it. So, from my standpoint, I will continue to do what I have to do in order to get this team where it needs to be. When we made the trades last year, I didn’t make the trades last year thinking it was going to turn us around right away. No. As a matter of fact, I think I said, ‘This trade is going to take some time. It’s not going to be one of those things where it’s hit or miss.’ I normally do not trade during the course of the season. It’s just something I don’t like to do, because it takes a while to get your chemistry back. I knew the team that was on the floor [before the trades] wasn’t going to get it done. Also, we’d seen enough in Ryan and Brandon [Bass] to know they could hold that position down. That was enough for us … You can’t take one of these jobs, mine or Stan’s, and have thin skin. You have to have pretty thick skin. It’s not us; it’s the people around us that’s affected the most. We signed up for it. No one put a gun to our head and told us to take it. It’s our families that are affected the most. Sentinel: Do you mean not having you at home? Smith: ‘No, just all the comments. Just because I don’t read it, that doesn’t necessary mean that they don’t or aren’t threatened by it.’ Sentinel: When you say ‘threatened,’ you don’t mean physically? Smith: ‘I’ve gotten those, too.’ Sentinel: You have. But not your family? Smith: ‘No, I’ve gotten those, too.’ Sentinel: What do you do in those cases? Do you call the police? Smith: ‘I just have to be a little extra cautious and let those around me know that the threat is there. But I don’t concern myself with it.’”

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  • Ends

    ok okay that’s a bit much. this is just a game

  • TC

    Stay classy, fans.

  • RobbieJay

    if lebron didnt get death threats, this guy shouldnt.

  • Sean B

    So which of the 122 Orlando Magic fans wants to see this guy dead?

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    LOL at Sean B. Stan Van Gundy might be sending them.

  • shuref00t

    I know the man gave Rashard Lewis arguably the worst contract in history, and crippled the Magic’s future back in ’07, but he doesn’t deserve to be punished by death.

  • Heals

    America at it’s finest. I hate when a minority of ucking bottom-dwellers do stuff like this. I’d like to say it’s isolated but you hear about this at all levels of sports and it’s pathetic. Damn you get these pen pal terrorists and e-bullies, but then are others who if given the opportunity would follow thru on their threats. Just ucking embarassing as a culture that this trivial hatred of someone over something soooo incredibly unimportant is astonishingly all too common nowadays…

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    doubt anyone sending threats to Otis Smith could actually physically harm him. Man was a beast!
    also – pffftthahahha @Sean and Albert

  • bike

    He should just get plastered and call Dwight up at 3:00 am and cry like a baby.

  • bull22

    those jokers making threats need to stop following the nba because its apparent they are worshipping the game too much, its just a ballgame with no life or death ramifications the way some of these boneheaded players make it to be…

  • dapluva!

    man threats on this man life and his family is not cool thats outright sissified and lame period.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Some people need to be removed from the gene pool.

  • http://aol QGallday

    only needed to see the headlinE….thats ridiculous..;eave that man and his family be…ugly people hate.

  • Sean B

    Otis smith was not a beast. He was a 5’11″ pg with no nice mussels

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Damn, seriously?! Who knew old retired people in Orlando even cared that much about basketball…

  • Cameron

    I’m not sure, but from reading this story, I don’t think Otis Smith reads what people say about him. I think that’s what he said at least….

  • BigBlackRod

    I grew up with Pop on the Westside of Jacksonville; if any one of these clowns run up on him with their hands, they gonna get touched up nicely. He ain’t no pampered punk…PEACE.

  • http://yahoo rondo

    Fans of (Dwight the overrated brother)need to get out of his Jock and get a life! Most are a bunch of Baby Hueys.