From perennial playoff contender to bottom-feeder, it's been a long season for the Orlando Magic. With a record of 18-54 and 10 games remaining on the schedule, one would think that the season is all but over. However, there are still some things the Magic can learn down the home stretch.
Orlando was eventually able to bounce back after the departure of Shaquille O'Neal in 1996. With a little patience and a little luck, they should be able to do so again—especially with Rob Hennigan as general manager.
And since they are in full rebuilding mode, these last few weeks of the season are just as crucial as any and can help influence management heading into the offseason.
While some teams are posturing for a better playoff position, the Magic are watching these last games closely and asking some questions in the process.
Not all of them can be answered in their entirety, but the final stretch can help clarify some things.