ORLANDO, Fla. As a team with a first-year head coach and a first-year general manager that finished the NBA season with five first-year players, the Orlando Magic were certainly expected to go through some growing pains.
And to be sure, the bulk of the past four months were painful. As one of their rookies, backup center Kyle OQuinn, put it succinctly, if not quite elegantly: Losing sucks.
But the Magic would prefer to look beyond the 20-62 record and see ample reason to believe things will soon improve.
We feel good about how were positioned for the future, general manager Rob Hennigan said Wednesday after he and coach Jacque Vaughn held their end-of-season exit interviews. We feel good about the players we have. But every man knows we have a lot of work to do still. And were excited about that. We know we have a challenge ahead of us. We know we have to get better. We believe we will get better. And the group that we were able to establish this season is a real good starting ...