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Interesting article, Ryan. I have a little bit of a mixed experience with this. I grew up in Central Florida and the Orlando Magic were formed when I was 5 years old so I became a Magic fan then. As a kid I just thought I was supposed to root for our new team. I didn't really think about it in terms of wins and losses. Obviously over the next few years that team would turn into a powerhouse and one of the most popular in the NBA so it was a good thing I was already a fan as a child. I've been hooked to Magic basketball ever since.
Counter to that is my history with football. My family is originally from Washington DC and so they are all die-hard Redskins fans. Initially I was too, but as a kid my favorite player in all of football was Reggie White who played for the Green Bay Packers. Soon I started to watch Packers games more intently than Redskins games and then obviously that Packers team ended up winning a Super Bowl. Once Reggie was gone from the team I had to consider whether I was a Packers fan but I just couldn't turn away and now that's what I'll be until I die or the team goes away (the former will probably happen first).
If the Magic moved away I'd be extremely heartbroken and I honestly don't know what I would do. I love basketball too much to stop watching but I have no idea who I'd turn to. I guess the logical thing would be to follow the Heat but that would feel like ripping my soul out.
1 year, 2 months ago on What makes fans loyal?
Great piece. This'll get shuffled a lot when the other guys come back obviously. It'll be cool if we can revisit this piece then.
1 year, 4 months ago on Orlando’s starting lineup is bad
LOL, now Tobias just needs a pet name like Gogo. Tobo?
1 year, 4 months ago on Waiting for Tobias Harris: Act II
Vucci Mane is that dude. That is all I have to say.
1 year, 4 months ago on Grades: Orlando Magic 98, Los Angeles Clippers 90
Sadly, I missed this game and I'll have to see if I can catch a replay to see Victor's performance.
1 year, 4 months ago on Grades: Orlando Magic 107, Brooklyn Nets 86
I didn't understand that ISO for Afflalo either. A co-worker of mine said, "I think Orlando thinks Afflalo is Kobe or something." Seems like that sometimes.
1 year, 5 months ago on Grades: Minnesota Timberwolves 120, Orlando Magic 115 (OT)
We were ever efficient? That's news to me. Thanks Synergy.
1 year, 5 months ago on How can the Magic improve on offense?
The problem I have with the concept of a shootaround having to take place at a certain time is that every person is different in when their mind works best. Some people are morning people and some people work better later in the day. So maybe Vaughn just felt like he would get more out of his players attention later in the day as opposed to the morning. Or maybe somehow he thinks that being on this type of cycle will give his players more energy at the end of games, which can be late in the evening.
1 year, 5 months ago on Is it smart to end morning shootarounds?
Yeah, it really is a bummer. Hedo was a lot of fun to watch until he left. When he came back I barely recognized him. He looked so lazy on the floor and while he was always prone to throwing up a couple bad shots, some of the shots he put up when he came back were just inexcusable. For it to end that way plus the PED thing and a buyout, so sad. I'll try and remember the 08-09 Hedo.
1 year, 5 months ago on The tragedy of Hedo Turkoglu
Obviously, Dipo's rookie campaign is the thing I'll be looking at the closest this upcoming season. He was my favorite player coming into the draft and I hope he rewards my faith.
1 year, 5 months ago on Player Profile: Victor Oladipo
Man, that black and blue promo shot of Dipo is mesmerizing.
I'd be surprised if he wins ROY because I think the Magic will use him in a very utilitarian role that doesn't usually lead to a ROY win. But who knows, because I'm very high on him as a player coming out of college.
1 year, 5 months ago on 3-on-3: Will Victor Oladipo win Rookie of the Year?
It's funny because even when I was younger I knew that most of the shots Tracy would take didn't seem like great shots but they would go in most of the time. Durant sorta reminds me of T-Mac in that way. They don't seem like great shots but when you take into account how pure the shooter is and the size/wingspan involved, they actually have better looks than it would appear on tape. However, my favorite thing about McGrady was when he would drive to the basket. He was just so fast and powerful it didn't seem like anyone could stop him. He was like the stopgap between a Jordan-type scorer and a LeBron-type scorer. He wasn't quite as skilled as Jordan and he didn't have the power of LeBron but he sat somewhere in-between.
1 year, 6 months ago on 2003: A magical odyssey
Great piece, Spencer. I was not coming in expecting a three way McGrady/DiMaggio/Keats comparison but you brought it together.
I can never really explain Tracy's abilities. He had so much power and speed but was also really lanky and it never seemed like he should've been able to do those things.
1 year, 7 months ago on Tracy McGrady and unaccountable greatness
I think this game says less about Tracy's ability to score efficiently and more about how much the Magic had to rely on him to get any wins in those days.
1 year, 7 months ago on T-Mac and 62
Positivity. Optimism. I like it!
1 year, 8 months ago on Days of future present
Fantastic story. It definitely sells me on O'Quinn, who was a player I already liked.
1 year, 8 months ago on Kyle O’Quinn is still talking
I'm really surprised at how well Doron Lamb is playing. He really didn't impress me much last year but he definitely looks like he's been working hard in the offseason. Actually it looks like all of our players have been working hard and that's a great sign. Nicholson seems to have improved his passing, Lamb has improved his body and shooting looks good, Harkless has worked on his strength and thus far I'm very impressed with Oladipo even though he didn't have a good shooting game here.
1 year, 8 months ago on Grades: Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Orlando Magic 78
My favorite player is Oladipo and deep down I wish he ended up on the Magic. But I think they should take Burke for positional need and because I think he'll be one of the better players at the top.
1 year, 10 months ago on 3-on-3: Who should be the 2nd pick?
@shapentra Since Hennigan was so wary of Bynum because of knee concerns I'm curious how he feels about Noel. Guess we'll find out.
1 year, 11 months ago on The road ahead for the Magic
I'm super stoked for the draft this year even though it's a "down year" because Rob has made so many decent moves thus far.
I have no reason not to trust Hennigan and the Magic FO so far. That doesn't mean I will agree blindly with every decision but I'm stoked about this draft. If Rob can pull Nicholson out of pick #19 then I'm excited to see what he pulls with a top 5 pick, even if this is supposed to be a weak draft.
1 year, 11 months ago on Rob Hennigan and trust
@Magicalseth On a S&T you have no leverage. If he had another contract year then yes, we would've cashed in hard on Ryan. As it was, Rob didn't really have a choice there. It was bad timing. The only thing he could've done different is re-sign Ryan and whether he should've done that or not is debatable.
I really like the logo. It's classy. I'm super stoked for the throwback uniforms next year.
1 year, 11 months ago on Magic unveil new look for “Silver Season”
Dang, Vucci Mane! Don't go so hard on these cats. Leave some stats for the rest of the NBA. You greedy.
1 year, 11 months ago on Highlights: Nikola Vucevic puts up a 30-20
Baller play, but then he missed the free throw. Still, I'm not going to split hairs. Good job Tobias.
1 year, 11 months ago on Video: Tobias Harris forces overtime
I remember the day we got him back. I knew it wouldn't pan out deep down but it was good to see him in a Magic uniform again. Sadly, Turk only had those few years of great basketball with the Magic before flaming out.
1 year, 11 months ago on Let Hedo Turkoglu go
Sadly, you can only listen to 5 of the 7 Ice and Fire novels because the last two haven't been written yet. George R.R. Martin's sluggish writing pace makes me feel like I have a concussion sometimes, I can tell you that. Homer Simpson should definitely voice the audio book though.
I almost think this article could also be about what Magic fans could do waiting for the team to win a game. It's a versatile article in that regard. Thanks Spencer and welcome to MBN!
1 year, 12 months ago on Five creative ways to recover from a concussion
Just make sure they don't let any other GMs see youtube supercuts of him shooting bad jumpers and we'll be ok.
1 year, 12 months ago on Glen Davis’ future with the Magic
It's funny that all those guys at HP picked Marcus Smart enthusiastically for us because I don't know a single Magic fan or blog writer who wants him. I don't really watch college ball so I have no opinion on this.
2 years ago on Friday’s Magic Word
You should've given a grade to Jacque for getting thrown out of the game. A+ for effort. My rookie coach is all grown up now. I'm so proud.
2 years ago on Grades: Indiana Pacers 95, Orlando Magic 73
You're right in that it isn't so much about replicating the OKC model and it's more about giving us the chance to replicate their model. All about the ping pong balls.
2 years ago on Replicating the OKC model
I thought Dwight was great in this game. I don't think you can say it was Orlando vs. Dwight because I don't think any of those players with the exception of Jameer had a grudge. And Jameer is professional and mature enough to not let that grudge get out of hand. I think you'll see Magic fans move on rather quickly from this but I understand that they needed to vent in this game. Dwight too. He was uncomfortable but I think he also needed to come back and flex his muscles a little bit. That's really all the Magic fans and Dwight were doing is flexing their muscles in an insecure way. It comes from the fact that we were so strong together and we haven't defined what we are apart yet. Boy, that sounded schmaltzy.
2 years ago on Dwight’s return much ado about nothing
I'm almost stunned that we scored 97 points in this game. It felt like 60.
2 years ago on Grades: Los Angeles Lakers 106, Orlando Magic 97
This was honestly worth the whole game to me.
2 years ago on Video: Tobias Harris blocks Dwight Howard
I'd say the Lakers in three years but in five? Obviously Orlando is a blank slate right now so anything can happen. Remember that the Lakers have had Kobe for 16 years so our recent memory of that team stems from that. He will be gone soon and who will the big free agent be that will pair with Dwight (assuming he resigns which I'd bet he will)? The Lakers are the Lakers and I wouldn't bet against them either but I'd say this current season has put a serious damper on whether they can compete without some sort of rebuild. In that way the Magic may just have an advantage with some high picks coming in 2013 and 2014 (presumably) and some decent young talent. I'm gonna be a homer and say in 5 years the Magic are in a better place than the Lakers.
2 years ago on 3-on-3: Dwight Howard pays a visit to Orlando
I love these play analysis articles. Keep em coming! Also, I love the way Drew shoots. He shoots real pretty.
2 years ago on Andrew Nicholson and Nikola Vucevic showing promise
I always like to see Jameer play well against his hometown team.
2 years ago on Grades: Orlando Magic 99, Philadelphia 76ers 91
Really, GM's are paying for safety. Players that have been in the league and have numbers you can pretty much count on get big contracts. Vooch doesn't get that confidence yet because he's still starting out. But he'll probably get paid big time in a few years by us or someone else. Think Ryan Anderson, who was an enormous bargain when we had him to say the least. Now he's got a contract that matches his production and thus he's no longer as much of a bargain. But Nik having a money-saver contract for the next few years is a great thing for a rebuilding Magic team to have both flexibility and credibility to free agents. It also gives us fertile soil to plant some draft picks.
2 years ago on Nikola Vucevic: the Magic’s big bargain
@jrk747 Yes, Miami is a much better basketball team than the Orlando Magic at this point. Fact. No one would dispute this.
2 years ago on Grades: Miami Heat 97, Orlando Magic 96
I watched this game and almost thought I was finally going to catch a win! Sadly, it didn't really work out that way but you have to give major props to this Magic team. These guys aren't quitters or tankers or whatever you want to call them. Despite the losses, I'll always remember this year's team as one with a lot of heart after the dreadful Dwightmare season.
Jameer Nelson is that dude. I've never seen a player destroy his legacy as systematically as Dwight Howard. That includes Brett Favre.
2 years ago on Wednesday’s Magic Word
Love it. I want us to analyticize the crap outta the NBA and the NCAA. We will defeat you...WITH SCIENCE!!!
2 years ago on The Magic, analytics, and you
I have a knack this year for missing the games where we win. I'm sad I didn't see this one.
2 years ago on Grades: Orlando Magic 105, New Orleans Hornets 102
Great analysis, Jacob. Welcome to Magic Basketball!
I feel like most of our plays lately have been ending in long twos, despite this hi-lo set which can end in corner 3s and dunks. It'd be nice if Vaughn could get us into position to make those shots more often rather than the inefficient shots we've been taking. Sadly, I'm not sure we have the personnel to execute those shots on the reg either.
2 years ago on Orlando’s effective hi-lo set
Defense, y'all. Learn about it.
2 years, 1 month ago on Grades: Sacramento Kings 125, Orlando Magic 101
Gotta give a special mention to Al Harrington for his first game back and he gave us a great lift. Also, this game was a great example of players who can find life somewhere else in the NBA. The Sixers didn't want to keep Vuc or Harkless so we have made great use of them. Also we're getting solid minutes out of Harris and Udrih from Milwaukee. The Magic are like the Island of Misfit Toys right now.
2 years, 1 month ago on Grades: Orlando Magic 98, Philadelphia 76ers 84
Vaughn will still find a way to limit Drew's minutes either because Harrington is set to return or because he'll just play Harris there a bunch for no good reason. Andrew Nicholson cannot play more than 20 minutes a game or he turns into a pumpkin.
2 years, 1 month ago on Did the Magic get enough for J.J. Redick?
I don't hate this trade from a logical perspective. However, it really does hurt to lose a player like JJ after he had such a successful development here in Orlando. He will be greatly missed. I wish him the best of luck with the Bucks.
2 years, 1 month ago on Reactions to the Magic trading away J.J. Redick
You got it. 2010 was the last Magic team that had the excitement around it you're talking about. I've enjoyed this season much more than last year for sure. Last year was the worst in my history as a Magic fan. That's saying a lot because we've had some pretty bad years in our tenure. I've got a lot of hope that this team is gonna be pretty great by the time 2014-2015 rolls around. In the meantime, it'll be awesome to watch guys like Nicholson develop.
2 years, 1 month ago on The sky’s the limit in Orlando
I think we can use a break from all the losing. Happy All-Star Weekend everybody!
2 years, 1 month ago on Recap: Atlanta Hawks 108, Orlando Magic 76