Hey, Orlando, Where’s the Magic?

January 4th, 2010 by Viresh Patel Leave a reply »
Hey Orlando, where's the Magic?  Where's the swagger?  Where's that confidence?  Where is that chip that drove you to the NBA Finals? 

June seems like a such a long time ago right now.  Now don't get me wrong, it's not as if the Magic are pushovers in the NBA.  After all, most teams would love to be sporting a 24-9 record at this point in the season.

But the Magic made several off season moves in letting Hedo Turkoglu leave for Toronto. Rafer Alston, Tony Battie, and Courtney Lee were traded to New Jersey.

Keep in the mind the number of acquisitions.  Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson came to Orlando in a trade.  Gortat was retained for a hefty price.  Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass, and Jason Williams were all free agents signed by the Orlando Magic. 

This particular team is absolutely loaded with talent in addition to the traveling all star squad they sport.  A year ago, at the same point in the season the Magic were 26-7 and playing for the best record in the NBA.

So I ask again, where is the Magic?  More importantly, where is the defense?  The staple of the Magic a season ago may be perceived as a three point shoo ...

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