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Aug 09

For the Orlando Magic, It’s a Wait-and-See Approach

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Via Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel:

The [Orlando] Magic have absolutely no shot at competing with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.

And neither does anybody else (except maybe the Lakers).

That’s not me talking;  that’s Jeff Van Gundy, brother of Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. […]

“They (Heat) will break the single-season win record [of 72],” Jeff Van Gundy told the Herald. “And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.”

It’s easy to proclaim Jeff Van Gundy’s statements as crazy but when looking past some of his statements, he could be potentially correct that the Orlando Magic have little to no shot competing against the Miami Heat. This isn’t to suggest that the Heat will be invincible, given that they haven’t stepped on the court together yet and no one knows what will happen until the games are played, but many smart people project them to be a very good team next season.

Historically good? It’s way too early to tell.

One way or the other, the Magic will have their work cut out for them next year in the Eastern Conference — not only against the Heat but also against the Boston Celtics. That’s the reality of the situation. Nevertheless, people will get an early glimpse at how Orlando will stack up against Miami when they face off against each other on October 29 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Then maybe everyone can start putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

Only three months to go.

10 comments
Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

@Adelson del Enso Bredy
It's on Dwight. He's the only player in the NBA that can cause the Heat to fundamentally change what they want to do. He's got to come in and dominate on both ends of the floor.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Adelson del Enso Bredy

Dominate the Heat AND the Celtics? I highly doubt that. I applaud your enthusiasm but at the same time, it's important to be realistic.

Adelson del Enso Bredy
Adelson del Enso Bredy

I believe Magic will dominate the Heat, and Celtics as long as they don't give up like they did at the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. My Magic are still the team to beat. With our new line-up, I think the Magic will stanp up to any team next season, and it's time a championship!

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@magicfan inTN

I doubt the Magic will lay an egg, but you never know.

@Billy (slickw143)

It's still a game that's worth noting.

@hulKK

It remains to be seen whether or not the Heat will dominate the NBA like some expect them to do. It's possible, but not a certainty.

@Alexmax

I don't know where you heard that from but not once did I hear the Cavaliers had a chance to break the Bulls' 72-win record last year. Even with their weakness at center, the bench is better than you think and the Heat have the best shooting guard in the game, the best small forward in the game, and a top five power forward as long as they stay healthy.

@Brian Levine

Yeah, we'll see.

Brian Levine
Brian Levine

I seem to remember people handing the Magic the Eastern Conference trophy after they landed T-Mac and Grant Hill. Same thing when the Lakers signed The Mailman and The Glove. Sometimes these things work out, but more often than not, something happens. In the NBA all it takes is one injury, a bit of bad chemistry, a few super huge egos getting in the way. Maybe, just maybe, we should actually play the games and see what happens.

Alexmax
Alexmax

I heard the same thing about the Cavs before last season began. That they were going to break the '96 Bull's record, that they were going to sweep their way to the Finals. We have to wait and see... Heat will be very good, but they have some weaknesses (Ilgauskas is thier center, bench not really that good).

hulKK
hulKK

I'm not trying to be a Magic fan of little faith but let's be honest, Jeff is right. There's no use in wishful thinking and we are all in denial thinking the Heat will fail/come up short. If not this yr then def. the next 4 yrs in a row. I don't know if they'll accomplish EVERYTHING Jeff spoke on but they def. will dominate every team in the NBA, easily (except the Lakers)

Adolfo
Adolfo

OK I get it, they are that good... just give'em the trophy, well, maybe first we need a 7 game series against L.A. and then giv'em the trophy, jeez...!!!

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I'm not going to put much stock in the first game. We'll be coming off a back-to-back, they'll be very early in their development as a team.... Blah, nevermind, this season does not have me excited anymore.

magicfan inTN
magicfan inTN

It is certain possible, but there are lots of factors. All of their Big Three will need to remain healthy. South Beach has lots of distractions. Even the best teams can lose focus over the regular season. Etc.

On the Magic front, I'm hoping they don't lay an Eastern-Conference-Finals-Game-3-Style egg in that first match up against Miami.