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I’m sure, that there’s a certain age group that will really relate to 1990’s era NBA basketball and even a smaller group that will remember an Orlando Magic team in the early to mid 90’s that really gave the NBA a new attitude. Smack dab in the middle of what most consider the “Jordan” era, this team managed to make a rare finals appearance that did not include Jordan and his Chicago Bulls team. Penny, Shaq, Horace Grant, Nick Anderson and Donald Royal made up the starting line up, that lead the Magic to the 1994 - 1995 NBA finals, set against the Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon and his Houston Rockets. Sporting the unforgettable and incredibly impressionable, “pinstripes” jersey. This team had all the attitude a nine year old me wanted to play like, dress like and even talk like. A young team, with nothing but the want and will to prove themselves in a league of grown men.
"They were destined for greatness. Back in the mid-1990s, you couldn’t imagine a more promising basketball pairing than the Orlando Magic’s Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. O’Neal was powerful and agile, plus swift and skillful in a way that hadn’t been seen in a 7-footer since Wilt Chamberlain (and hasn’t been seen since O’Neal retired). Hardaway was seen as the rightful heir to Magic Johnson"
Grant land, put together a great oral breakdown of the once famed Orlando Magic team. Read the article in it’s entirety here.