This time 10 years ago, the Orlando Magic defeated a Cleveland Cavaliers team led by LeBron James. This special moment in Magic history was in 2009, when the Magic were led by familiar faces Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson along with head coach Stan Van Gundy.

Besides the fact that the Magic were able to defeat James and the Cavaliers, it was the first time the Magic were able to reach the NBA Finals in this century. The last team was led by Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal back in the ‘90s.

In addition, the fact the Magic were able to make the playoffs was something many in the league were caught off guard by. Most were most likely unimpressed about it as well.

Many are still upset

Many examples of people being unimpressed with the feat are everywhere. If you go onto NBA fan accounts that showcase various moments in the league, you’ll see a lot of “what-if” moments. Some of those moments talk about LeBron never getting the chance to face off against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals. This was due to the fact the Magic were able to dominate the Cavs.

Furthermore, this type of post was recently shown from Bleacher Report. They tweeted out about how the Magic-Lakers series was the closest basketball fans got to seeing LeBron play against Kobe.

Additionally, the way the team operated wasn’t really seen yet during this time period. The Magic were a few years ahead of the times. The team mostly consisted of shooting a high-percentage of 3-pointers.

Currently, the Magic have yet to reclaim their former glory. Regardless, the fact the team was able to enter the playoffs this past season is something to look forward to for the team’s future.

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Content Creator at Armchair Orlando Magic , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.
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Content Creator at Armchair Orlando Magic , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.

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