Orlando Magic Unveil Hall of Fame, Induct Nick Anderson & Pat Williams
Nick Anderson will never be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. It’s unknown if Anderson’s #25 jersey will be raised to the arena rafters and be retired. One thing is certain, Nick Anderson was down right honored and emotional to be part of the inaugural class of the brand new Magic Hall of Fame. Nick is Orlando’s #1 draft pick. He’s tops in a number of franchise statistical categories. Nick was a critical part of that ’95 Finals team. Anderson is a proud Community Ambassador and contributor to Magic game broadcasts. Nick wasn’t shy to say that this induction ceremony was the culmination of his career.
Nick wasn’t the only individual that Magic CEO Alex Martins helped induct into the Hall of Fame. Pat Williams was inducted as well. Founder. Senior Vice President. Past General Manager. Humanitarian. Author. Historian. Motivational speaker. Without Pat’s vision and passion, there’s no basketball franchise in Orlando.
It’s not common for NBA teams to have their own Hall of Fame, but it was a passion project that has been fulfilled by Orlando’s committee of decision makers.
The speeches from Pat Williams and Nick Anderson are highly recommended viewing. The magnitude and importance of this event should be witnessed by all Magic fans across the globe as 2 historic franchise figures accepted permanent pedestals and trophy versions of them.
Click below to view the speeches from Alex Martins, Pat Williams, and Nick Anderson as well as their interviews following the Hall of Fame spectacle.
The emotions didn’t end with the speeches as Nick Anderson, Pat Williams, and Alex Martins gave interviews as well. The Martins interview was very informative as to how the Hall of Fame came about and what standards are set for future Hall of Fame classes.
Below is a picture of the permanent pedestals that can be found on the Terrace level of the Amway Center in the new Magic Hall of Fame section of the arena where the public will be able to view them in the decades to come.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.