Nearly 15 years after DeVos uttered those words, here we are, Magic fans, prepping for Game Seven in Boston against the 2008 world-champion Celtics.
DeVos's quote rings true today.
We're not the new team on the block anymore. We came up short in 1995 against Houston, but that doesn't have to happen today.
As Anez commented, it seems to be the Magic against the world.
The way the Magic have been treated by the media is ludicrous. All season, it's been about the Cavs, the Celtics, and the Lakers. It's been about the "master of panic" and how Orlando can't do it without Jameer Nelson.
It's been about how Dwight Howard is "too nice" and how the Magic just can't get it done.
This in spite of Orlando being the only franchise to have three all stars, despite 59 wins, despite having the Defensive Player of the Year.
The only attention the media want to give the Magic is negative.
Think about it: What stories have overflowed the newspapers and SportsCenter story lines?
- Dwight calling out Stan Van.
- Marcin Gortat calling out Stan Van.
- Rafer Alston slapping heads.
- Dwight throwing elbows.
But here we are, tonight, going against the Celtics in Game Seven. We are on the national stage. We have the ability to shine. We have the ability to shut down.
We have the ability to take down the haters and take down the Celtics.
Why not us? Why not now?