NBA: How Otis Smith Brought Winning Magic Back To Orlando

January 12th, 2011 by Andrew Khellah Leave a reply »
"I feel like I'm the odd man out here. Just cause I'm older. When you look and see a team, 19 [years old], 20, 20, 20, 20. And you look at yourself, about hit 29. You look at the long picture and you're not part of this." – Gilbert Arenas, 12/17/10 [One day after Washington’s road loss at Newark to the Nets, who snapped an 8-game losing streak]

If there is a general manager of the season award, may Otis Smith of the Orlando Magic be considered at the top of the list.  He certainly has been the gutsiest G.M. in the NBA for the last two months when you consider his team is a contender and went to the NBA finals in 2009.

At the start of the 2010-2011 NBA season, the Orlando Magic stormed through  December third with a 15-4 record, trailing only San Antonio and Boston.  Miami’s slow 9-8 start had critics who predicted they win 65 plus games reeling.  However, from December 4 through December 17, it’s been the Orlando Magic who'd been reeling and hitting the canvas on more than one occasion.

Let’s rewind to last season, where the Magic finished with a 59-23 regular season record; second best in the lea ...

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