Sunday is going to be a weird day for Magic fans.
In one sense it will be extremely cathartic -- the object of hatred for much of the past nine months will be front and center on the TV screen. Venom can be unleashed on Twitter and schadenfreude (taking pleasure in other people's pain) can be expressed in a very real manner. Let's not even go into the feelings should Orlando actually win in Los Angeles on Sunday.
In another sense it will be bizarre. Dwight Howard has changed his look. He is wearing a new jersey (same number, different color), got rid of one of his arm sleeves and added a headband. It is a tangible symbol of the change Howard is going through.
Yet, on the other hand, he is still much the same player. He will miss free throws. He will dunk hard. He will change shots in the paint.
And for eight years, he did all that in Orlando as hard as any player could. The first time the Magic face the Lakers, set up for tip off Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET, will ...