When asked if he had learned anything about himself as a general manager in a season that can only be described as trying and tumultuous, Orlando’s Otis Smith smiled as if he had no words to describe his emotions over the past few months.
Smith’s organization was held hostage in free agency by its franchise center, who then changed his mind and decided to stay for at least one more season. Then the center began experiencing back problems that required surgery. In between, he was called out by his coach for asking management to fire the coach. All parties - except the coach - denied the center made that request.