Each man and woman, each company, each company, and – of course – each sports team has decisive moments in their lives.
It can be the birth of a child, it can be winning a jackpot at casino apps with no-deposit bonuses, it can be a major deal, or even the addition of an undiscovered talent to the team’s lineup, but the moment always comes.
The Orlando Magic has had its share of decisive moments, helping to shape the team into what it is today. And these five are perhaps the most important ones of all of them.
The first ever professional match
Orlando saw its first ever professional event on October 13, 1989. The freshly admitted team was up against the Detroit Pistons on its first professional match, and won. According to the press, the atmosphere of the game was much like at the “game 7 of the NBA finals”, which is a huge achievement for such a fresh lineup. Not to mention the fact that it was the first Central Florida team to make it to the professional league.
Enter the Shaq
Famous NBA tall man Shaquille O’Neill started his professional career at the Orlando Magic in 1992. Listed at 7ft 1in, and with a weight of 325 pounds, Shaquille became one of the heaviest professional NBA players ever. After joining Orlando, the Shaq quickly became one of the best centers in the league, gaining recognition as the Rookie of the Year in the 1992-93 season. The Shaq left Orlando Magic after four years, signing with the LA Lakers.
The Shaq had one moment that went down not just in basketball history, but in the history of sports altogether. Shattering the backboard or breaking the hoop were not uncommon at the time, but breaking the steel support frame that held the backboard was something else altogether. And that’s just what Shaquille did during his rookie season, in a game against the Phoenix Suns. And he did it not once, but twice during the season – which led to the NBA increasing stability of the backboard and strengthening the steel brace starting the next one.
The drafting of Dwight Howard
In a decision considered controversial at best at the time, Orlando picked Dwight Howard instead of a much safer Emeka Okafor in 2004. And it turned out to be one of their best decisions ever.
Howard went on to lead Orlando to multiple playoffs, as well as one trip to the NBA Finals. During his eight years at Orlando he established himself as one of the best centers in NBA, won three Defensive Player of the Year awards in a row, and made it to the All-Stars six times.
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