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Magic Masters is Orlando Magic Daily's attempt to recognize the best in Magic history. In this edition, we are trying to rank the best teams in Magic history. To see the full tournament bracket, visit the introduction page. Today, we continue the quarterfinals:
The 1996 team has gone largely unappreciated in Magic lore. Like the 2010 team, the 1996 team might have been statistically superior to the team that made the championship the year before. And much like the 2010 team, the 1996 team ran into a buzz saw in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The 72-10 Chicago Bulls are largely regarded as the best team of the 1990s for sure, and possibly even the best team in league history. Orlando was swept out of the Eastern Conference Finals that year -- very similar to 2010 indeed -- and that disappointment clouded everything about this year. Not to mention that Shaquille O'Neal left the following summer.
Nobody remembers that O'Neal missed the first 22 games of the s...
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The Dwight Howard saga took another strange turn Wednesday when, according to reports, the Orlando Magic began informing teams that their superstar center was no longer on the trading block.
The news came as quite the surprise, given that less than a week ago, Howard himself confirmed to the media that he had requested a trade out of Central Florida.
But for the Magic, the decision...
While the Orlando Magic are keeping all of their options open, Dwight Howard is not.
There are only four teams that Howard would sign a long-term contract with, according to a source close to the situation -- the Magic, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers.
That severely limits the trade possibilities for Orlando, which has said it will not rule out trading...
The Orlando Magic made it clear on Wednesday - they are keeping Dwight Howard.
The Magic informed teams interested in the All-Star center that they intend to start the season with Howard on the roster, Yahoo! Sports reported.The news comes on the heels of the Portland Trail Blazers becoming a third team in a rumored blockbuster trade that would aid in the New Jersey Nets acquiring...
Doesn't mean the Nets still can't trade for him during the season
In the end, there will be no trade of Dwight Howard until the Orlando Magic are completely and utterly convinced that they cannot sign him to stay, and then that they got the best possible deal they could for him. Neither of those things are going to happen before Dec. 25. But should the Magic…
The Orlando Magic could pay a heavy price for the constant talk about Dwight Howard’s long-term future.
First of all, the Houston Rockets are getting their asses kicked in NBA Free Agency 2011. With the news that Nene has reached an agreement to re-up with the Denver Nuggets, Houston has officially had Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and now Nene snaked from them in various ways. And now they’re screwed. Nene has been [...]
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Whether the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard wind up parting ways remains to be seen, and Howard said Sunday that he is experiencing a new silence with Magic general manager Otis Smith.
The Orlando Magic have begun informing teams that Dwight Howard is no longer on the trade market, two sources told ESPN.com.
The Magic told Dwight Howard that the team will not be pressured into trading him.