Despite being Conference Champs, the Magic enter 2009 as underdogs.
What can be great and also saddening about being a fan of any sports team, is sharing the organization's experiences yearly. Obviously, you don't talk to the GM's, owners, or players on a regular basis. You don't even receive an open forum to discuss your opinions or thoughts directly with them.
But throughout the entire season and playoffs—if your team is fortunate enough to make it there—you develop an attachment; as if you were just another player on the roster trading ideas with the team.
When things go well, you shout stuff like: "This is why I love this team. No one is better than us."
And when things go wrong, you scream and yell stuff like: "Wow, how can they be so stupid? If I was the coach that would have never happened!"
But nevertheless, you support your team through thick and thin.
Each and every team is surely different and unique in their own way. If you had to summarize the 2008-09 Orlando Magic's story in one word, it would be "underdogs."
After surpassing the Sixers, the Magic went into Boston, without star Kevin Garnett as the underdogs.
Once they miraculously got past the Celtics in seven games, they were once again the underdogs against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs not only had the full support from their fans (since they owned the best NBA season record), but literally each and every NBA analyst on ESPN. (Click here and go to the middle right if you do not believe me, 10 experts chose Cleveland to win).
Defying all odds, Orlando clinched a trip to the NBA Finals for the second time in their 20 year existence. They obviously had the patronage of their fans behind them, but once again, absolutely no love from the media.
After losing in five games, the Magic went into the off-season with its heads up and its confidence at an all-time high.
With the additions of Vince Carter, Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass, and Matt Barnes, Orlando certainly expanded their bench, emerging as the deepest roster in the league.
Now with Rashard Lewis suspended for the first 10 games of the season, the Magic have once again found themselves in an "underdog-type" situation.
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