The Orlando Magic franchise is turning 20 this season and, like most twenty year-olds, are starting to show signs of maturity.
Coming off a memorable playoff run that left Orlando three games away from their first championship, the Magic look like serious contenders in the NBA. The team saw ups and downs and stuck together through it all.
Now comes the hard part, keeping the ball rolling for the upcoming season. After losing All-Star SF/PF Hedo Turkaglu and rookie sensation Courtney Lee, among others, Orlando has made moves all off-season to insure their place at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Much has been made of Shaquille O'Neal joining LeBron James in Cleveland and Kevin Garnett's return to the Boston Celtics lineup.
The acquisition of Shaq seems like a desperate attempt to keep King James with the Cavaliers. Considering that Shaq has trouble staying healthy and, at times, has been a huge distraction, odds of success for this project seem moderate at best.
The heart and soul of the Boston Celtics, KG, trades in the suit for his old #5 uniform. Questions are still abound about the condition of his knee, and doubters have trouble believing he is 100%. Without Garnett, Boston looked mortal in the '08-'09 playoffs.
Orlando looks to separate themselves from the pack by abandoning the luxury tax, picking up Vince Carter and building around the league's premier big man, Dwight Howard.
The Orlando Magic are hungry and it's feeding time in the NBA. It's time for this team to aggressively pursue their first NBA title, whatever the cost.