Orlando Magic Logo – Orlando Magic is a franchise of the NBA based in Orlando, Florida. League play began after the expansion thereof in 1989. Orlando Magic officially entered the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1989, one of the four new expansion franchises with Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat initially only planned to arrive three new franchises, but the economic expansion in Florida made the cities of Miami and Orlando obtain their own basketball team.
Led by local businessman Jimmy Hewitt and former general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers Pat Williams, the Magic hired Matt Guokas as head coach in franchise history. Comprised of players like Reggie Theus, Scott Skiles (now coach of Milwaukee Bucks), Terry Catledge, Sam Vincent, Otis Smith (now general manager of the Magic) and Jerry Reynolds, the team achieved a balance of 18-64 in his first season in the league. The first choice of draft was Nick Anderson ranked 11 in the first round.
The Magic in the NBA debut on November 4th of 1989 at the Orlando Arena (O-Rena), losing to New Jersey Nets for a hard-fought 111-106. Two days later came the first victory, defeating the New York Knicks (118-110). In the 1990 NBA Draft, Orlando selected Dennis Scott in the fourth. Scott, known for his shot helped the Magic to achieve a 31-51 record, Skiles also achieving the award for Most Improved Player of the year.
However, a disappointing season in 1992 brought a streak of 17 consecutive games lost.
For the 2011-12 season opened many fronts, Arenas left as a free agent to Memphis Grizzlies after his return null in Orlando, but the worst news came when it was first rumored that Dwight Howard wanted a competitive team for the ring, because otherwise leave Orlando in search of a competitive team. After the lockout, was related to Howard with teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks. In March 2012, Howard signed a clause that was to continue until the 2012-13 season by preventing their departure as a free agent.