Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team with its roots in Orlando within the District of Florida.
The Orlando Magic team is listed in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is ranked among the best basketball in the United States.
The Orlando Magic franchise began with an idea from Jim L. Hewitt, a wealthy businessman from Orlando in the year 1985 when he visited Pat Williams, the general manager of Philadelphia 76ers. A year later, in the year 1986, Pat Williams signed on as a key person in the Orlando Magic investment after he left the Philadelphia 76ers.
Later in the same year, the two investors called for a press conference to announce to the public about their intention to seek an NBA franchise for Orlando Magic.
In the same spirit, a contest to get appropriate an appropriate name for the Orlando Magic franchise was held in the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. A total number of 4,296 entries were made with different name suggestions, but four names were singled out from the rest including:
The first name “Magic,” which was suggested by 11 people was selected after Williams got a visit in Orlando from his 7-year-old daughter Karyn. In July 1986, the investment committee announced Magic as the name for the franchise within NBA; hence, the name Orlando Magic was established.
In June 1989, Matt Guokas was hired as the first coach for Orlando Magic, and he led the team to play its first match in October the same year against Detroit Pistons who were the reigning champions, a game that Orlando Magic won.
The Orlando Magic team uses the Amway Center Arena, which is located in Orlando, Florida.
The arena covers 875, 000 square feet and has a capacity of 20,000 people. The Amway Center Arena has 32 founder suites, 28 presidential suites, 68 loge boxes, three club hospitality rooms, and 1,428 club seats. The arena hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2012, as well as the ECHL All-Star game in the year 2015.
Initially, from the year 1989 to the year 2010, the Amway Arena was home to the Orlando Magic team. The arena was originally referred to as the “O-Rena” or the Orlando Arena.
The Orlando Magic team has been home for various NBA stars including:
- Penny Hardaway
- Rishard Lewis
- Dwight Howard
- Grant Hill
- Shaquille O’Neal
- Patrick Ewing
- Steve Francis
- Vince Carter
- Hedo Turkoglu
- Tracy McGrady.
Orlando Magic has participated in the MBA playoffs for half of its lifetime, which includes 14 appearances in its lifetime of 28 years. The team has participated in the NBA Finals two times in the year 2009 and 1995.
In terms of the winning streak, none among the expansion teams that were included in the league in 1989 rival Orlando Magic’s success rate.
Despite the immense success associated with the Orlando Magic team, it has not been without its shortcomings. For example in the 2016-2017 season, Orlando Magic finished with the 3rd worst record within their conference with a record of 29-53.
This prompted several changes in the summer of 2017 with Rob Hennigan, the general manager, being fired. John Hammond, who was the former general manager of Milwaukee Bucks was named the new General Manager of Orlando Disney World, while Jeff Weltman was appointed as the president of basketball operations in the franchise.