The Book Room

NBA Hall of Famer Pat Williams on His Surprising Role Model; His Career On and Off the Court

This is but one of the Walt Disney-isms featured in Pat Williams' book, How To Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life. The NBA Hall of Famer's personal fascination with Disney began when he relocated to Orlando, Florida in 1989 to build a new NBA basketball team. Williams named his team the Magic in honor of one of Disney's most famous creations, the Magic Kingdom. He chose the name not only because of the team's proximity to Disney World, but also as a tribute to how Walt Disney's "magical personality" touched his community.