It is hard to find a good angle for the Magic when it comes to the NBA Finals. After all, Orlando is about as far away from the Finals as a team can get having finished with the worst record in the league.
Draft preparations are well underway and the Magic are looking forward to the beginning of the 2014 (or maybe even the 2015) season.
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In this year's NBA Finals there are four players with Magic ties participating. All were key players for the Magic for various years and have a place somewhere in the pantheon of Magic accomplishments. In helping you decide who to cheer for in this postseason -- answer should always be "Not the Heat" -- here is a guide to the Magic rooting interests for former players participating in this year's Finals:
Tracy McGrady, San Antonio Spurs
Orlando Magic career: 4 years, 28.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2 NBA scoring titles, 4 NBA All-Star Games (3 starts), 2-time First Team All-NBA, 2001 Most Improved Player of the Year
2013 Season: Playoffs -- 4 games, 0 points, 4 rebounds, 17 minutes
Should You Cheer for Him?: Tracy McGrady has had a long, struggling road to get to this point -- his first NBA Finals. A few seasons after leaving Orlando, his body simply gave out on him and knee injuries sapped him of all his scoring greatness and athleticism. He has been wondering around the NBA hoping to stick somewhere and contribute but has struggled to do so for long.
Amazingly, McGrady was 32 and pretty much out of the league. The Spurs called him up for their Playoff run shortly after his season in China (where he averaged 25 points per game) and asked him to accept a much-reduced role in San Antonio for the chance to contribute to a championship team.
McGrady went from all-world player to human victory cigar this postseason.
Still, everyone around the league is happy that one of the league's best players for a clear 5-7 year stretch is finally getting to experience and contribute even in a small way to a championship bid.
McGrady's exit from Orlando was not pretty. He clashed with management, demanded a trade away from his hometown team and grew frustrated with the team's inability to win. It took a long time for Magic fans to come to grips with the T-Mac era. Orlando fans -- and fans around the league -- could not be happier now for McGrady.
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