As the NBA Finals are set to begin and the NBA Draft to follow shortly thereafter, the news surrounding the Orlando Magic is vastly community related. The Magic are a proud franchise that believes in giving back to its supportive Central Florida community. Unfortunately, it does not appear as if the team will give that same community more to cheer about on the basketball court next season (whenever next season actually begins).
The Magic are without a first round pick in this year’s draft which is not a terrible thing considering the lack of talent in this year’s pool. The Magic have the 53rd overall pick in the second round which could turn into a European player we never see, a D-Leaguer, or a practice guy similar to the role of Daniel Orton this year. The Magic could get lucky and draft someone who can contribute but again this is not a talent rich draft.
Then there is the issue and trade rumors surrounding Dwight Howard.
The loss of Howard would be, well Shaquese. When the Magic lost Shaquille O’neal to the Lakers in 1996 it took almost 10 years for the Magic to return to true NBA elite status. Losing in the first round of the playoffs with Tracy McGrady and a gimpy Grant Hill does not qualify as elite status. It was the arrival of Howard that allowed for a solid foundation and a realistic chance to compete for the championship. He can not and he must not be allowed passage to another team without an elite player coming back in exchange.
We turn our attention back to the transgressions of this season. Orlando will have some internal housekeeping issues to take care of if they want to improve on their unceremonious exit in the first round of this year’s playoffs at the hands of the rival Atlanta Hawks. Magic team officials have put together an intuitive look at the team’s season. Take a look and enjoy.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com