Orlando Magic trust in new General Manager Rob Hennigan
At just 30-years, Rob Hennigan is the youngest General Manger in the league. But the Orlando Magic stated that “age is not a factor,” are clearly not concerned that he wouldn’t be able to run a franchise that is one executive-personnel short and is still facing the Dwight trade dilemma.
"His experience, and what he's done in the organizations that he's been with, far exceed his years,” said Orlando Magic chief executive officer Alex Martins. “Experience and who you've worked with and the habits that you've developed, that's what's important in being successful in this role."
Despite his age, Rob Hennigan has wide administrative experience in the league and was associated with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the past four season, two of which he spent as the franchise general manager. Before the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rob Hennigan was working with the San Antonio spurs. Alex Martins was impressed with Rob Hennigan’s work with the two franchises that made it to the Western conference playoffs this year.
\"We feel he is an outstanding fit,” expressed Alex Martins, “and the right choice to lead our basketball operations team in achieving our championship goals."
"Rob is an astute strategist and evaluator of talent who comes to the Magic family from two championship-level organizations," continued Alex Martins.
The Orlando Magic has been making a downhill progress since three years, when they made an NBA Finals appearance. Although Rob Hennigan has a tough task ahead, he is not intimidated by the challenges and embraces them to bring about major changes within Orlando Magic.
"This is a pressure business and you've got to earn your keep, and nobody's going to try to do any favors for you,” imparted Rob Hennigan. “We're just going to keep our heads down and keep our sleeves rolled up and get to work."
The past season has been tense for the Orlando Magic who were distracted and put-off their game by a discontent Dwight Howard who made it clear that he preferred a trade. Dwight Howard’s disagreements with Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy were also publically known to further deteriorate the situation. Now, Dwight Howard is into his final year of contract with the Orlando Magic and he still has not retracted his demand for a trade. However, Rob Hennigan is up for that challenge as well.
"Personally I look forward to sitting down with Dwight and sharing with him the vision and the direction we're going to go,” said Rob Hennigan. It wouldn’t be easy to change them ind of an All-Star who had made-up his mind since a year ago, but Rob Hennigan will cash in on hsi experience with the Oklahoma City Thunder when the franchise convinced Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to re-sign.
The status of Orlando magic’s head coach opening is also running at the back of Rob Hennigan’s mind, who is aiming for a coach will rebuild the team for the future and “embrace” the notion of “player development."