Good luck Magic! I hope the team we know shows up tonight against the Lakers. I've been saying for weeks that the Magic can beat any team and they've proven it game after game. But this is the finals, baby! You can't just show up. You have to go in there and take it from them. It's time to show everyone the mental and physical toughness we know this team can have. So, everyone cheer as hard as you can for the Magic - that includes the 3 million new bandwagon fans. We'll let you into our little club. Here's to the Magic and hopefully, a game 1 steal!
First of all, I apologized for my lack of posting this year. It's been a busy year in the Magic Fan household. But I assure you, we've kept tabs on the season and have watched every game that BrightHouse has allowed us to watch. So, my first post back starts appropriately with each and every one of you. How do you feel the Magic have done so far this year? Is the team's record a good measurement how good this team is? Click to read my thoughts on the year and to post your comments.
The Orlando Magic are set to unveil new team jerseys today at 12:55pm in Downtown Orlando. Fans can catch the event live over at OrlandoMagic.com via webcast. Rumors have been rampant all summer long about what the jerseys might look like. The general opinion is that fans were never happy with the current design and long for a return to the pinstripes.
Different year, different coach, different players - same Magic team. I kept to myself all year long. I didn't attend one single game. I silently set back and watched. I even swapped out Brighthouse cable for DirecTv in order to catch all the Magic games. Sucker. Even though I said I wouldn't spend another dime on the Magic until the ownership changes - I did. I wonder how much DirecTv paid them?
It's October 31st, Halloween. Or to most Magic fans, it's the start of a brand new season. Thank god. Well, almost. The Orlando Magic and BrightHouse had to go and screw up 75% of Central Florida's coverage area. So, most of us fans won't even be able to see the game tonight. A lot of people are coming down hard on BrightHouse for this. Usually I won't waste a good opportunity to bash them, this one lies solely on management staff of the Orlando Magic. What bonehead makes a decision just before the start of the season to turnover broadcast rights to a cable TV station that has less than 25% market penetration in your core area? Idiots. Complete idiots. At worst, you phase in a plan to replace your production team over the course of the year. But hey, they got their new shiny arena deal. Hopefully, they still have some fans who will show up when (and if) the thing ever gets built.
I was reading a forum post that I've been following most of the day in order to gauge how other Magic fans feel. One thing that popped up a few minutes ago was what will we do about losing all the Serbian fans if Darko leaves the Magic. What the hell kind of stupid question is that? First, I think we'll pick up a few hundred new fans that want to see Rashard Lewis. And that number will be greater than the amount the Serbian fan base provides us. Seriously, do we think our fan base will die that much if Hedo or Darko isn't with the Magic next year? Secondly, who cares. They're not attending the games in large numbers and they are certainly not contributing to the overall tax revenue that will be used to build a new arena. People, winning is what brings new fans to the team. Some fans have been around for a very long time. And I think any loyal fan can tell you the difference in the atmosphere of the arena depending on whether or not the team is winning. Build a team that can win, and the team won't have to worry about losing 53 Serbian fans or 101 Billy Donovan fans.
If the Magic agree to a sign and trade with Seattle, we would obviously have to send a player or two that are somewhat fan favorites. From the couple emails I've received and then a few postings on forums across the net, don't believe what you hear about having to give up JJ or anyone else the Magic want to keep. Seattle has zero leverage in any dealings with Lewis. The Magic can sign him without a sign and trade. A trade scenario would simply be courtesy on the Magic's part and a bit of salary dump in order to resign Darko or another free agent. So, the Magic are not going to offer anyone they consider a core part of next years team in order to do Seattle a favor. However, the Magic might through the Sonics a bone just so they get something in return for Lewis. But I can almost guarantee it won't be anyone that the Magic want to keep - it will be players that are disposable for any team.