Look around the league. Dwyane Wade, Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum, Elton Brand. Star players go down with injury all the time. Talk to most Magic fans, and you'd think they'd lost a family member. You'd think the Magic were the first team to have a player suffer a season-ending injury. You'd think the season was over. Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis are 100 percent, and all three were healthy last season, too. This team can still reach the Eastern Conference finals. The Magic's season is still very alive. It's easy to curl into a little cocoon and sing "Woe is me." Ever since the Grant Hill 7-year fiasco, Magic fans definitely have a chip on their shoulder. I'm not going to say the Magic are winning the NBA Finals, or they're even going to beat the Celtics or Cavs in a seven-game series. They probably won't beat the Pistons, either. But there are still plenty of reasons for optimism. The Magic are still a contending team in the East, and this gives the team another year to grow. The Magic weren't going to win the championship this year, anyways. Not yet. The team's core is too young. This season will give the Magic some adversity to grow stronger from. It will give them some more playoff experience. Next year, they'll be stronger from this experience.