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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 ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The first season of the Magic's rebuilding program is over. It featured a lot of young players getting lots of time to grow and develop in their first and second years all under (at least early on) the watchful eye of several veterans. Undoubtedly, having Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo among others in that locker room helped Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Â...
It will be hard not to look back on the Orlando Magic's 2012-13 campaign as being similar to an expansion season.
It certainly resembled one on paper.
From a roster filled with first- and second-year players, to far too many lopsided losses to count, and ironically the exact same 12-29 home record as in their inaugural season, the only thing that seemed missing in Year 1 of...
MIAMI Hedo Turkoglu can sense the end is near.
The forward has played 7 of his 13 NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic. But he knows theres a good chance the team will part ways with him this offseason.
That wouldnt surprise me at all, Turkoglu said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida before the Magics season finale Wednesday in Miami. Its just the situation sometimes youre...
If the season's goal was to collect the most ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery -- while incidentally seeing plenty of growth in the young players amassed in the various trades in the remaking of this roster.
Sorry if I do not seem overly excited about this prospect. It is not the fact that this is considered a weak draft at the top or that...
Next week I will do my yearly review of "What Went Right" and "What Went Wrong" for the Magic this year. That will be our more in depth review of the season that ended last night.
Until then, while the ink is still drying on the season, we are going to reflect and look at where we have gone this season and where we are going. There is a lot that is going to...
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Time/TV: 8 p.m./FSFlorida
Line:Â Heat by 5.5
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Season Series: Magic lost 112-110 in Orlando on Dec. 31; Magic lost 97-96 in Miami on March 6; Magic lost 108-94 in Orlando on March 25; Tonight in MiamiÂ