118 Million Reasons Why the Orlando Magic Lost

June 1st, 2010 by Mark Birdsell Leave a reply »

Despite what the title of this article may suggest, I’m not placing all of the blame on Rashard Lewis’ shoulders. 

I believe Orlando's failure in this year’s Eastern Conference Finals came down to three things—Rashard Lewis’ disappearance, Vince Carter’s lack of a killer instinct, and Dwight Howard’s undeveloped post-game.

First of all, where in the world is Rashard Lewis?  He played awful the entire series.

Lewis entered the NBA as a second-round pick of the Seattle Supersonics.  He came straight out of high school and was selected with the 32nd overall pick in 1998.

He played his first nine seasons with the Sonics before joining the Orlando Magic through a sign-and-trade in the summer of 2007. 

That year Seattle won the second overall pick in the draft and was looking toward the future.  They selected Kevin Durant, traded Ray Allen to the Boston Celtics, and no longer considered Lewis part of the long-term plan.

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