So, the Magic have played 5 games so far. We're a very respectable 4 and 1, with a four game winning streak. Our loss comes at the hand of the favorite to come out of the Western Conference this year-- Oklahoma City. Our wins? Four teams expected to fight for the last few playoff spots in a very top heavy Eastern Conference. Maybe that's the reason for the disrespect we're being shown by ESPN. I've watched Sportscenter the night of every game for which we have a win... and I dont recall seeing ANY highlights of our games. Sure, the Bobcats game was pretty much a wire to wire win for Orlando, so there wasn't much to show. What about last nights game? That was a thrilling comeback. That is what Sportscenter used to be about.
I make these points for a reason. I am COMPLETELY okay with being ignored by the national media. Why you may ask? Because that is exactly what we had back in the 08-09 season. Nobody expected much from us. The past two seasons, we were expected by a couple of writers to challenge for the Eastern Conference crown, and also a Championship. How did we react? The Magic essentially crumbled under the pressure of the national microscope. They seemed to turn on each other resulting in an embarrassing first-round playoff exit to an opponent whom we dismantled the previous year. I mean, I actually think that Atlanta was considered for contraction after how bad we embarrassed them. (I kid, of course.)
Back to the point. We're flying under the radar. We're beating the teams that we're supposed to beat-- and the Magic look as though they are enjoying each other on the court. I'm not going to make the point that Dwight should be able to see the championship potential in contrast with his "trade destinations," because that is a moot point; however, if Orlando continues to remain competitive against tougher competition, while defeating the inferior teams, Orlando could surprise some people this season. (Minus us Blue Blooded Magic fans.)
Keep talking about the Clippers, who contain a roster of players who are great individually and are learning how to play as a team.
Keep talking about the Heat, who are under the extreme pressure of being the favorites to win a championship.
Keep talking about the Knicks, who are quite frankly made up of players who are "Me First" types and honestly won't win anything when they face a team with a defensive mentality.
Leave my Magic out of it. Let our players play loose and free without wondering if they are going to be in the Top 10. This way-- when we sneak up on people-- we can play our underdog role which we play so well.