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I've written countless posts at Third Quarter Collapse, now Orlando Pinstriped Post, and this is the -- by far -- the toughest one I've had to write. I knew this day would come, too. There would be a point in time when I wouldn't be able to write anymore at a place I've called "home" for over a year, for whatever reason, and that time has come. I'm moving on to start a new Orlando Magic blog at the TrueHoop Network and I know the fact that I'm leaving may disappoint people here and there but this is a great opportunity I can't pass up. Hence my absence the past month or so. However, if it wasn't for my colleague, Ben Q. Rock, giving me the chance to jump on board at this website and team up with him to cover the Magic on a day-to-day basis, I wouldn't be in the position that I'm in right now. In that sense, I'm forever indebted to Ben and blessed to have been able to work with an individual who is as passionate as I am about a number of things: the NBA, the Orlando Magic, etc. 

Ben is a phenomenal writer, by the way. The man can write and is a superstar in his own right, too.

I can't forget about the readers, either. Your comments, your feedback, your support, you are equally a reason why I'm in the position that I'm in today. Whenever I've written something, you have been kind enough to take a little bit of time out of your day to read what I wrote. For that, I thank you. It's been satisfying to see this site grow exponentially since my arrival. Ben and I have tried our best to slowly build a haven for Magic fans to stop by, chat about the team in an educated manner, and (hopefully) read about what we had to say and I think we've done a good job of doing that. Developing a community takes time but the payoff is worth it and everyone deserves credit for doing their part in helping 3QC OPP grow into what it is today.

So, this is the end and the beginning.

It's the end because I'm the one that must break up the duo between Ben and I. It's like breaking up ... the tandem of Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal. Or something. But without the behind-the-scenes drama, of course. Needless to say, it pains me to do it. It's the beginning because, in a way, I help spread the type of stuff that we do here to another audience, another network, another platform. That's never a bad thing. 

Look at it this way. It's not a goodbye, it's more of a see you later. I'll still be around to chime in with a comment here and there but by all means, mi casa es su casa. Don't be afraid to come on over, pull up a chair, and talk about the Magic at my site in conjunction with the great work you find here on a daily basis. In the end, it's more content for the readers! Everyone wins. 

Catch you on the flip-side.

And thanks. 

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