(Unofficially) Watchin’ Basketball with Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith

March 13th, 2011 by William Johnson Leave a reply »
Going to sporting events is a unique experience for the common man. Sure, there are the season ticket holders and the folks that attend every match, but the average Joe goes when they can (or when they can afford it).

I usually blow my financial wad on tickets to the once-a-year showdown of Orlando and Phoenix in the NBA. As a lifelong Orlando Magic fan, there is nothing quite like seeing your 'home' team when you no longer live in the town. It makes seeing the players live extra special...almost like seeing a live play of a TV show you watch 81 plus times a year.

Having now lived in Phoenix for 14 years, I have seen my beloved Magic 14 times. When I first saw the Magic play the Suns, in the 1996-97 season, I was as high as you could go; I was basically touching the ceiling. But as time (and luck) has gone by, I've upgraded my yearly Magic-trek as close to the floor as possible.

For the last two years I've secured seats in the second row right next to the visitor tunnel (uber-access to autographs, quick player chats, and fist bumps). The bonus of this year's hardcourt battle was that I managed to get a hold of someone in the Suns organization who ...

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