Ed Note: Akbar brings experience of covering a team, along with the insight of a team that was in somewhat of the same position the Magic are currently in. He's going to add another unique voice to the site, and we're excited for him to join the team. - Zach
Hello OPP readers!
So, I know you guys have gone through quite a bit of turnover the last few days, and let me just say that I totally get it. When I first started writing for Bullets Forever, Mike Prada (aka the Pradamaster) -- who was a great help to me and got me started on the site -- left within a month of me joining. At that point, we had included new writers, had to get a new editor and everything. With all that’s happened to OPP in the past few weeks, I’d just like to say that I am excited to write about your team.
Now I know your first question. I am not a Magic fan, as you can tell from my profile picture and where I write for currently. So you might be asking, why is a Wizards fan writing about a team in Orlando?
Well, truth be told, I’ve always have a fondness for the Magic. From the Shaq days to the Tracy McGrady days, to the SVG days, this is a team that has always been fun to watch and is probably one of the most underrated franchises in the NBA. For an expansion team to be so successful in such a short period of time is rare, and I feel like they have never gotten credit for it.
Believe it or not, I actually pretended to be a Magic fan for a while. When the Wizards were going through their dark ages, 13-year-old me was way too embarrassed to admit I was a fan of them. I had to pick another team to focus my attention on as the Wizards were plummeting and claim as my own team to my friends who were basketball fans.
The Stan Van Gundy Magic teams were probably my favorite team in the league to watch at that point and I loved their uniforms, so I adopted them as my second favorite team. It went so far that I once had a Magic logo as my profile picture on Facebook just so I could convince people I was a fan.
Six years later, I am so excited to to see where they are going now with this new young and athletic squad, that I want to write about them. It’s funny how time is a flat circle like that. Overall, I hope you guys tolerate me and I hope we can have an awesome season together watching what should be a really fun team.