When J.J. Redick jokingly said the basketball gods were against the Magic after three tip-in attempts failed to send the Magic to overtime against the Pistons, you could take it as the light-hearted frustration of a team on a losing streak.
Of course, then Glen Davis went down with a fractured left foot and his career season was cut off prematurely. Then you step back and consider that Davis' separated shoulder derailed a surprising start to Orlando's season.
And then you step even further back and you think, man, the Magic HAVE had a lot of bad luck. When you put all the pieces together, as Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie does, the Magic have had some awful luck with some great decision-making:
It truly isn’t fair. Magic fans were held hostage by both Brian Hill’s iffy play-calling and Shaquille O’Neal’s dreams of C-level Hollywood stardom in the mid-1990s. The team smartly cleared cap space to sign both Grant Hill (a top-five and sometimes top-three player du...