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West Charlotte vs. Mallard Creek 1/20/17
West Charlotte vs. Mallard Creek 1/20/17
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: TEAM POTTS
Athlete of the Week: Patrick Williams
Athlete of the Week: Patrick Williams
Published: 2014/07/29
Channel: CityNews Toronto
Pat Williams of the NBA’s Orlando Magic Shares His Secret to Success
Pat Williams of the NBA’s Orlando Magic Shares His Secret to Success
Published: 2015/02/04
Channel: The Official 700 Club
Pat Williams, co-founder of the NBA
Pat Williams, co-founder of the NBA's Orlando Magic interview with Verne Harnish
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: Verne Harnish
The NBA: Orlando
The NBA: Orlando's Pat Williams On Teamwork & The Growth Of The Game
Published: 2011/12/27
Channel: Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
Pat Williams: Orlando Magic Sr. Vice President, Success Author, Motivational Speaker
Pat Williams: Orlando Magic Sr. Vice President, Success Author, Motivational Speaker
Published: 2013/08/09
Channel: BigSpeak Speakers Bureau
"Random Thoughts & Best Regards Interview Series" - Pat Williams Prt 1
"Random Thoughts & Best Regards Interview Series" - Pat Williams Prt 1
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: tbuono52
The Calling - Pat Williams
The Calling - Pat Williams
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Cornerstone TeleVision
Pat Williams--Leadership
Pat Williams--Leadership
Published: 2009/06/22
Channel: CSNVideo
Junior Outwork Session w/ Pat The Roc
Junior Outwork Session w/ Pat The Roc
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: PatTheRocTv
Orlando Magic 25th Anniversary Special - Pat Williams
Orlando Magic 25th Anniversary Special - Pat Williams
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: Danielle Maslany
Game On: Pat Williams feature
Game On: Pat Williams feature
Published: 2015/04/15
Channel: Liberty University
West Charlotte vs AL Brown 1/8/2016
West Charlotte vs AL Brown 1/8/2016
Published: 2016/02/08
Channel: Aaron Long
2011 BlazeSports International Conference Keynote Address - Pat Williams
2011 BlazeSports International Conference Keynote Address - Pat Williams
Published: 2012/05/04
Channel: BlazeSports America
The NBA Draft Lottery Process Explained by Orlando Magic Exec Pat Williams - 5/16/17
The NBA Draft Lottery Process Explained by Orlando Magic Exec Pat Williams - 5/16/17
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Pat Williams - Liberty University Convocation
Pat Williams - Liberty University Convocation
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: Liberty University
Pat Williams - Keynote Speaker
Pat Williams - Keynote Speaker
Published: 2009/11/16
Channel: Angela Schelp
Pat Williams – Motivational, Business & Teamwork Speaker
Pat Williams – Motivational, Business & Teamwork Speaker
Published: 2015/12/28
Channel: Business Innovators Radio Network
Orlando Magic Exec Pat Williams Talks NBA Draft Lottery, LaVar Ball, and Much More - 5/16/17
Orlando Magic Exec Pat Williams Talks NBA Draft Lottery, LaVar Ball, and Much More - 5/16/17
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Pat Williams
Pat Williams
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: Jerome Harriott
Winner
Winner's Walk Video Podcast | SVP NBA’s Orlando Magic Pat Williams | Success Intersection
Published: 2018/01/02
Channel: Winner's Walk
Worcester South coach Pat Williams
Worcester South coach Pat Williams
Published: 2014/03/03
Channel: ESPNBoston.com High Schools
Crazy Train Radio Interview With Basketball Executive Pat Williams
Crazy Train Radio Interview With Basketball Executive Pat Williams
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: CrazyTrain Radio
Pat Williams Video Introduction
Pat Williams Video Introduction
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: PatWilliamsMotivate
Pat Williams
Pat Williams
Published: 2015/07/06
Channel: Doug Lipp
Zion Harmon Workout with NBA trainer Pat The Roc!
Zion Harmon Workout with NBA trainer Pat The Roc!
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: PatTheRocTv
Orlando Magic Exec Pat Williams on 1-&-Done Players, & LaVar Ball
Orlando Magic Exec Pat Williams on 1-&-Done Players, & LaVar Ball's Impact on Lonzo's Draft Position
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Orlando Magic Sr. VP Pat Williams: The Magic of Teamwork
Orlando Magic Sr. VP Pat Williams: The Magic of Teamwork
Published: 2008/10/16
Channel: aherdliska
Pat Williams: Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic
Pat Williams: Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic
Published: 2011/07/11
Channel: EaglesTalent
Orlando Magic 25th Anniversary Extended Feature with Pat Williams
Orlando Magic 25th Anniversary Extended Feature with Pat Williams
Published: 2014/01/31
Channel: Danielle Maslany
Pat Williams
Pat Williams
Published: 2008/10/30
Channel: LetsLive213
The Magic of Teamwork - Pat Williams
The Magic of Teamwork - Pat Williams
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: PatWilliamsMotivate
Orlando Magic VP Pat Williams Talks NBA Draft & More - 6/22/17
Orlando Magic VP Pat Williams Talks NBA Draft & More - 6/22/17
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
The Magic of Adoption
The Magic of Adoption
Published: 2015/07/01
Channel: FacingLifeHeadOn
Pat Williams
Pat Williams
Published: 2013/06/14
Channel: ISM USA
Pat Williams 2014 Magic Hall of Fame Interview
Pat Williams 2014 Magic Hall of Fame Interview
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: Adam Papageorgiou
Magic
Magic's Sr VP Pat Williams joins the Tiki and Tierney Show
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: CBS Sports Radio
PAT WILLIAMS SR VP ORLANDO MAGIC Interview w/ Pavlina 2013
PAT WILLIAMS SR VP ORLANDO MAGIC Interview w/ Pavlina 2013
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: Pavlina Osta
Pat Williams Interview on Bobby Bowden.wmv
Pat Williams Interview on Bobby Bowden.wmv
Published: 2011/11/08
Channel: dougmilesmedia
RIchard Miller Interviews Orlando Magic Sr. V.P. Pat Williams about NBA Draft
RIchard Miller Interviews Orlando Magic Sr. V.P. Pat Williams about NBA Draft
Published: 2011/06/28
Channel: milleronsports
Herman and Sharron - Pat Williams of Orlando Magic
Herman and Sharron - Pat Williams of Orlando Magic
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: CTNonline
2013 College Basketball Betting Odds - ACC Tournament Preview
2013 College Basketball Betting Odds - ACC Tournament Preview
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: BookMaker Sportsbook
Filipino Basketball League of Orlando 2009-2010 Opening Night Message
Filipino Basketball League of Orlando 2009-2010 Opening Night Message
Published: 2009/12/02
Channel: fblorlando
The Sickest Pass In Basketball? Pat Da Roc Showing Off
The Sickest Pass In Basketball? Pat Da Roc Showing Off
Published: 2009/05/11
Channel: Hoopmixtape
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - April 10 NBA Betting Picks
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - April 10 NBA Betting Picks
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: BookMaker Sportsbook
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - February 26 NBA Betting Picks
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - February 26 NBA Betting Picks
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: BookMaker Sportsbook
2013 NBA Basketball Odds - Eastern Conference Teams Preview
2013 NBA Basketball Odds - Eastern Conference Teams Preview
Published: 2013/10/24
Channel: BookMaker Sportsbook
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - May 12 NBA Betting Picks
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - May 12 NBA Betting Picks
Published: 2014/05/12
Channel: BookMaker Sportsbook
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - April 28 NBA Betting Picks
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - April 28 NBA Betting Picks
Published: 2014/04/28
Channel: BookMaker Sportsbook
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - January 9 NBA Betting Picks
2014 NBA Basketball Betting Odds - January 9 NBA Betting Picks
Published: 2014/01/09
Channel: BookMaker Sportsbook
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Pat Williams (born May 3, 1940) is a motivational speaker and sports executive, currently serving as a senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. Williams began his career as a minor league baseball player, and later joined the front office of his team. In the late 1960s he moved into basketball, with his biggest achievements being the 1983 title of the Philadelphia 76ers and being a partner in the creation of the Orlando Magic.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in 1940 in Philadelphia, the second oldest of four children and the only son. He was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, attending Tower Hill School where his father coached and taught. He became a friend of Ruly Carpenter, son of Philadelphia Phillies owner Bob Carpenter, who would bring Williams to the Phillies’ dugout and clubhouse, as well as to the team's Spring training in Clearwater, Florida.[1]

His interest in baseball would earn Williams a scholarship to Wake Forest University. There Williams earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1962 while being a catcher on the Demon Deacons baseball team. Williams would later earn a master's of science degree in physical education from Indiana University in 1964. Additionally, Pat served for seven years in the United States Army and later got a doctorate in Humane Letters from Flagler College.[2]

Former Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck is credited by Williams as his mentor, with a visit to Veeck in 1962 starting their friendship and giving Williams principles followed in his career, such as "Don’t announce promotions in advance, be out on the speaking circuit, stand at the gates when fans leave, open your own mail and don’t screen your calls".[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Williams' baseball career began when the Carpenters signed him in 1962 to the Miami Marlins, their minor league team in the Florida State League. He was a catcher for two years then retired and moved in to a front office role. Marlins general manager Bill Durney still saw in Williams an eager and natural leader with a marketing degree, and invited him to be the team's business manager. One year later, the Phillies appointed him to be the general manager of the Spartanburg Phillies. As the Phillies became a powerhouse of the Western Carolinas League, Williams was later elevated to the position of president of the organization in 1967, and was chosen the Minor League Executive of the Year by The Sporting News. Afterwards he spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization.[1]

Even after moving to basketball, Williams keeps on taking a part in baseball. Every winter, he plays in Major League Fantasy Camps, and was president of Orlando's Double-A Southern League team from 1990 to 1993.

Basketball management[edit]

Williams moved into basketball in 1968, becoming the Philadelphia 76ers business manager. With promotions that included elaborate halftime shows and a successful 55-27 performance, the 76ers were third in attendance of the 1968–69 NBA season. Afterwards the faltering Chicago Bulls hired Williams to become their general manager. Williams immediately revamped the team's roster, trading with the Sixers for Chet Walker, and invested on the promotion, including the creation of mascot Benny the Bull. The Bulls had become a force in the league as the Atlanta Hawks brought Williams to be their GM in 1973. He spent just one year in Atlanta, where his most notable action was trading star Pete Maravich for two players and five draft picks. As the Sixers had become one of the worst teams in the NBA, owner Irv Kosloff invited Williams to return in 1974. Williams then remained in Philadelphia for 12 years as their general manager, helping to build the team that won the 1982–83 NBA season, by trading for Julius Erving and Moses Malone, and drafting Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney.[1]

Frustrated at his failure to build a 76ers dynasty despite bringing new talent such as Charles Barkley, Williams left the organization in 1986.[1] As the year before Orlando executive Jim Hewitt told Williams of his idea of bringing an NBA team to his city, he decided to join Hewitt's investment group. Williams invested in convincing NBA commissioner David Stern and the league owners of the viability of the small-town Florida city in supporting an NBA franchise. The league awarded the Orlando Magic an expansion spot in 1987, with the team making its debut in 1989. Serving as the franchise's inaugural manager, Williams helped the Magic reach the NBA Finals in 1995 by drafting Shaquille O'Neal and trading a draft pick for Penny Hardaway.[1] The following year, he was promoted to senior vice president of Magic parent company RDV Sports, Inc..[3]

In his NBA career, Williams lead his teams to 23 NBA Playoffs and five NBA Finals. He won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993 and most recently in 2004. Williams signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches.

Family[edit]

Pat met his first wife, Jill, during his time in Chicago. They married in 1973 and divorced in 1996, being the parents of 19 children, four biological and 14 adopted from four nations between 1983 and 1993.[1] His daughter Karyn is a Christian singer,[4] and son Bobby a pro scout for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[3] In 1997, he married his current wife Ruth, a consultant with FranklinCovey Co., who brought to the house a child of her own.[1]

Motivational speaker[edit]

Williams is also a motivational speaker.[5] He has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few.[6]

Williams is the author of 100 books, including his latest title, "Extreme Winning." He hosts three weekly radio shows broadcast in Orlando, Florida.

Williams has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, The Wall Street Journal, Focus on the Family, New Man, The Maury Povich Show and Dr. Robert Schuller's Hour of Power.

Awards[edit]

He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacon baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 2001. He won the DECA Entrepreneurial Spirit award at DECA's International Career Development Conference in 2011.

On February 24, 2012, Williams was announced as that year's winner of the John Bunn Award, presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for significant lifetime contributions to the sport. He formally received the award on September 6, the day before the induction ceremony for the Hall's 2012 class.[7]

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Preceded by
Dick Klein
Chicago Bulls General Manager
1969–1973
Succeeded by
Dick Motta
Preceded by
Richie Guerin
Atlanta Hawks General Manager
1973–1974
Succeeded by
William Wilcox
Preceded by
Don DeJardin
Philadelphia 76ers General Manager
1974–1986
Succeeded by
John Nash
Preceded by
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Orlando Magic General Manager
1989–1996
Succeeded by
John Gabriel

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