ORLANDO – Not long after the Milwaukee Bucks opened their state-of-the-art practice facility in 2017, Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins and President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman flew up to Wisconsin for an in-person tour. They were extremely impressed by what they saw and figured it would help the Bucks develop their young talent and strengthen their franchise.
Almost four years to the day since that training center opened in Milwaukee, that inkling Martins and Weltman had undoubtedly proved true as the Bucks are now NBA champions for the first time since 1971.
On Wednesday morning, just hours after Milwaukee won a Finals-clinching Game 6 over the Phoenix Suns, the Magic celebrated a major milestone in the construction of their own 130,000-square-foot training facility that is slated to open next spring and will feature an array of high-tech amenities. The final steel beam, signed by several members of the Magic including Martins, Weltman, Vice President of Ownership Engagement Ryan DeVos, new Head Coach Jamahl Mosley and forward Jonathan Isaac, was raised and dispensed onto the partially-constructed AdventHealth Training Center located one block from Amway Center on a nearly four-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard.
“It’s an exciting day. It’s another milestone in what will be the premier training facility in the NBA and perhaps even all of sports,” Martins said. “It’s incredibly important to have these world-class facilities for your current players but also to attract…