Orlando Magic will let Billy Donovan out of contract

There are 20 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 4, 2007, titled Orlando Magic will let Billy Donovan out of contract. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Orlando Magic today will allow Billy Donovan out of his 5-year, $27.5 million contract that he signed on Friday.

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Steve Mason

Orlando, FL

#1 Jun 4, 2007
Awesome.... Go Gators!!!!!!
Jackson

Ormond Beach, FL

#2 Jun 4, 2007
What strategic negotiating from Otis & Bob (aka Magic "Management")!! Now whoever they hire they're going to have to offer 27.5M - no other coach is going to take less to come here!!!
BRIAN HILL FOR GM!!!! Let's keep someone around who knows something about NBA basketball!!!
quicksilver

Hollywood, FL

#3 Jun 4, 2007
this is what happen... one of the UF booster's club open wallet and match Orlando's offer. for the same money college basketball is better.
Spaz Gator

AOL

#4 Jun 4, 2007
It is the smartest decision he could make.Lots of money all the perks,always have job security. Smart move Billy
NBA Fan

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Jun 4, 2007
For all you drones in Orlando, I got a first look at Otis Smith today thru his press conference, just like a lot of NBA fans out there, trying to figure out what happened. It is clear to me that Donovan got a change of heart, as he got a closer look at the culture within that organization. First, the owner wasn't even at the press conference! Second, Smith is a rookie GM who is ineffectual as a communicator and suspect as a strong GM. Just look at how he speaks to the press. He commands no confidence. He talks about winning and says that is what the "owner wants". Well he is stating the obvious. He is way in over his head and should not be the GM. I think Donovan felt the vibes as he got better look at the franchise, sadly after he signed the papers. Replay the video. The press conference looks awkward and there isn't many Magic personnel around at all, much less the owner. When Donovan saw Smith as the only representative there, I think he knew then things were superficial, despite the fat contract. Get rid of Smith. He is not charismatic enough nor ready to to take on a GM role. He will continue to fail. Same goes for Vander Weide. Good for you Billy. You caught on quickly. You will get another shot with a better franchise. Magic fans, your problem is with the ownership and the lame crew leading it!
William

United States

#7 Jun 4, 2007
I totally respect a man who thinks he knows what he wants, goes after it (or allows himself to be chased) and after making one decision, is able to re-evaluate and change his mind. Even if Florida didn't welcome him back, I'm a new Donovan fan.

Honestly, if you look at the Friday Magic press conference, it seemed he was trying to talk himself into excitement about being there. The emotion expressed at the Florida press conference showed me where his heart truly lies.

Follow your heart Billy D!
James

Zephyrhills, FL

#8 Jun 4, 2007
Too bad,Donovan become retarded.
Troy

Orlando, FL

#9 Jun 4, 2007
I hate flip floppers and the Gators too. Go Magic and Noles! Even if they do suck.
another nba fan

Daytona Beach, FL

#10 Jun 4, 2007
NBA Fan wrote:
For all you drones in Orlando, I got a first look at Otis Smith today thru his press conference, just like a lot of NBA fans out there, trying to figure out what happened. It is clear to me that Donovan got a change of heart, as he got a closer look at the culture within that organization. First, the owner wasn't even at the press conference! Second, Smith is a rookie GM who is ineffectual as a communicator and suspect as a strong GM. Just look at how he speaks to the press. He commands no confidence. He talks about winning and says that is what the "owner wants". Well he is stating the obvious. He is way in over his head and should not be the GM. I think Donovan felt the vibes as he got better look at the franchise, sadly after he signed the papers. Replay the video. The press conference looks awkward and there isn't many Magic personnel around at all, much less the owner. When Donovan saw Smith as the only representative there, I think he knew then things were superficial, despite the fat contract. Get rid of Smith. He is not charismatic enough nor ready to to take on a GM role. He will continue to fail. Same goes for Vander Weide. Good for you Billy. You caught on quickly. You will get another shot with a better franchise. Magic fans, your problem is with the ownership and the lame crew leading it!
What a crappy post. Something that is so typical with certain individuals of today. "DO OVERS" or "OOPS, I made a mistake and can I back out with no repercussions?" Billy is a load of crap and the Magic are too if they do not sue. Their was obviously tampering and whining on the UF side, but this weakness is a character weakness not a professional for Bill did win championship. This is a sorry situation for both the Magic and the Gator fans....yes Gator Fans. Why???
Because you will always be suspect in tampering, this waffling will eventually effect recruitment, and Billy NBA goals for the future....we'll just leave it in the future.
John

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Jun 4, 2007
Wouldn't it be a hoot if Florida DID NOT take him back. What a joke!!!
buttermilk

Merritt Island, FL

#12 Jun 4, 2007
This is a blessing in disguise. Better the Magic found out now that Donavan is weak and unprofessional. No one outside of Gainsville will ever believe a word that comes out of his mouth again. He burned his bridge into the NBA.
Whatthe

Mount Dora, FL

#13 Jun 4, 2007
Much easier to handle poor Black kids in college than men in the pros.

Too back they do not teach ethics and honor at gator nation. Gainesville is a hick town and always will be.
Whatthe

Mount Dora, FL

#14 Jun 4, 2007
John wrote:
Wouldn't it be a hoot if Florida DID NOT take him back. What a joke!!!
Dream on. This is gaineville where all they have is amateur kid's games. No honor, no class? No problem in gator nation.
Denver

Denver, CO

#15 Jun 4, 2007
Im happy, Billy the kid belongs in cow town. He is an arrogant prick that just left a college program that he clearly wanted to be at, just for the money. The Gator leadership then tampered with Billy after he had signed with the Magic and probably offered him more money. I would NEVER let my son play for him no matter how many championships he wins. Im not from Florida but from the small bits I had seen on Billy I respected him. Now I would put him down there at the bottom of my list. I will personally be cheering for Billy to fall flat on his face for the rest of his career.
Studley Gator Manly Man

AOL

#17 Jun 4, 2007
Listen to you Jackasses yapping about weakness and unprofessionalism. You pudwackers probalbly change your mind about which blouse or skirt you should wear three times every morning. Go Gators!(2 time defending national champions Oh wait... They won the football title last year as well!
F W H

Mount Dora, FL

#18 Jun 4, 2007
Billy just realized he didn't have what it takes to make that next step. Glad the little weasel recognized his inadaquacies now. Kind of make the Magic management look like the Keystone cops...
F W H

Mount Dora, FL

#19 Jun 4, 2007
Perhaps Billy should take a Business Law course in summer school on Contracts.

Since: Jan 07

Merritt Island, FL

#20 Jun 4, 2007
"Donovan did not attend Florida's boys basketball camp, which started Sunday afternoon on campus. He was at home trying to find guidance on his future."

The Magic definetly do not need this. This is actually good news for the Magic.

Gator fans, give Grant the job. Billy the Kidder needs serious mental help.
jim burns

Orlando, FL

#21 Jun 4, 2007
.......to all of you so-called "wizards from last Thursday....I told you he wouldn't sign....if for nothing else do it for the economics.....why get paid 5.5m from the Magic for 100+ games when you can get 3.7m from UofF for less than 40.....and have job security. Some of you will never learn.
see through the trees

Pompano Beach, FL

#22 Jun 4, 2007
i for one am glad that billy d is coming back. i actually thought that he would succeed in orlando.
now i will delight in watching my beloved, revived University of Kentucky Wildcats roll on the gators this basketball season. billy d has already lost one recruiting battle to Billy Clyde and now he is gonna get his sorry ass kicked good next year when they come to Rupp.

the very special team, once in a lifetime team is gone. they were great, one of the best that i have ever seen and i have been a huge college basketball fan since 1971. they rivaled the 91 unlv team and the 96 kentucky team in style and effectiveness, but they are gone now.

Kentucky got rid of the guy who would not adapt to today's recruiting world and replaced him with someone who excells in today's recruiting world.

the sec is better off, the gators are better off and college basketball is better off. the sec now has a lineup of coaches that are the envy of every other conference. i cannot wait for October 15th, 2007!

GO BIG BLUE!!!!

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