The Magic are unabashedly following the Spurs and Thunder model for rebuilding their organization. Several members of the Magic organization came directly from the Spurs and their family tree, including head coach Jacque Vaughn. So there will now, at least with this management in place, be a tie between the Magic and the perennially successful Spurs.
As things stand today, Orlando is at the beginning of the rebuild. So the hope of matching San Antonio on the court on a nightly basis is not going to happen (yet). Ther eis a big gap between the Spurs and the Magic.
But, like the Thunder, the Magic get their up-close look at the team they are trying to model and it feels like a family reunion of sorts. There is a long way to go before the Magic can sit at the adult table. We will just have to see whether Rob Hennigan can get those Spurs roots to plant.
With the Magic finishing off their season series with the Spurs tonight, Project Spurs reached out to me to do a quick game...