The Orlando Magic are not the NBA’s most successful team.
They’re not even the NBA team most of us have heard of.
But the Orlando franchise that was founded by Magic legend Magic Johnson and first won a title in 1984, has been the NBA basketball team’s breadwinner for the past four decades.
They have won a franchise-record nine NBA championships and have the league’s best record, with a 55-35 record.
Orlando has a fan base that includes the Magic’s former All-Star, Kevin Durant.
Durant is the NBA MVP.
The franchise has won three NBA championships.
They are the defending NBA champions.
Orlando’s franchise record is 561-467.
It’s a franchise record for the most championship seasons in franchise history.
Orlando also has the NBA record for most wins in a single season (16).
It has won at least 23 games five times in a season four times.
They’ve also won at the end of a season three times.
Orlando is currently one of the 10 teams in the NBA, and the only team in the history of the NBA to reach the 20-win mark three times in the same season.
So when the Magic have to travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans on Wednesday night, it will be a historic moment for the franchise, a moment that will be celebrated by the entire franchise, but will also be an historic moment to many Magic fans who have been waiting for this moment since the team’s inception.
The NBA has a history of celebrating such moments.
The most recent was the 2017 All-NBA team.
The 2017 NBA All-Defensive Team was created in 2017 after the league began to recognize that defensive teams can improve by making better plays.
And the league also recognized that teams can benefit from playing at home and at home games.
That’s why, in 2016, the league established the All-Rookie First Team.
Orlando did not receive a first-team vote in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Instead, the team went with a first overall selection in 2017.
So the team was rewarded for its work and dedication.
Orlando went to the NBA Finals, winning three of four games in a six-game series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Magic went on to win the 2017-18 regular season, and in 2018, were rewarded with the No. 1 pick in the draft.
But Orlando’s season was not to be.
The team had been in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, including a nine-game slide to the Western Conference finals.
The Clippers, who won the title in 2020, were in the middle of a three-game winning streak.
In the playoffs, the Magic lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games.
Orlando was eliminated in seven, and a three game series with the Los Ingobernables in the next round left Orlando with a losing record of 11-16.
After the season, the franchise had been given an option to relocate to Las Vegas.
The league and the Magic agreed to move forward with the plan, and Orlando announced on July 22, 2020, that they were leaving Orlando.
It was an abrupt announcement, and fans wondered how they could move to Vegas without a franchise.
The decision to leave Orlando was controversial.
Fans had to be a little cautious, not just with the franchise moving to Las Vegas, but with Orlando’s future.
Orlando would have had to find a new home, as the franchise would have to play games in the new Las Vegas arena, and that was not an option.
Fans felt as though they had been betrayed.
So was the decision a mistake?
Did the decision make sense?
Or was the relocation a mistake, and will it be a mistake again?
The answer to both questions is a resounding no.
Orlando, like so many other franchises that have made the decision to move, had a choice to make.
They could have stayed put in Orlando and continued to play at home, or they could have decided to relocate.
The choice was to stay put and play at a venue that fans, and many of Orlando’s fans, felt was a better home for the team.
Orlando had a chance to make that choice because of the financial support they received from the league and fans.
The Orlando franchise had an option in the form of an NBA franchise tax credit of $1.2 million.
The tax credit is awarded to a team when a team’s payroll is over $100 million.
So in the case of the Orlando team, the tax credit could have been used to help the team pay for the luxury tax, which is a tax that teams must pay on every dollar of revenue.
In 2018, the NBA made the tax relief available to teams that were over the $100 billion threshold.
The incentives were $250 million for teams that are below the threshold, and $150 million for those that are over $150 billion.
Orlando got $250.5 million in tax