Vander Weide denies drunk dialing D-12

Retiring Magic chairman and chief executive officer Bob Vander Weide says he wasn't intoxicated when he spoke to Orlando's Dwight Howard during a late-night phone call earlier this week and that it hasn't affected their professional relationship in any way.

Vander Weide said at a news conference Wednesday that he had two or three glasses of wine before the conversation, but that he wasn't drunk and that the conversation had nothing to do with his decision to step down, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Vander Weide said stepping down from his post had been in the works for a year and the NBA labor negotiations are what delayed the announcement. He will stay on in a consulting role.

His brother-in-law Dan DeVos will become chairman and team president Alex Martins will be made CEO.

Magic general manager Otis Smith says he continues to work to keep Howard in a Magic uniform long-term, but that he will also do whatever is necessary to protect the franchise.