The Orlando Magic have gone through a deep rebuilding process that will take time and patience. An inevitable outcome after the results of the previous project were limited to two playoff appearances in nine seasons. Both ended with a first round elimination.
Thus, the first stages of this new stage will point to the development of young people and the establishment of a new philosophy, without the number of victories determining, in any case, the objectives set. “We said it from day one. It will try to improve every day, “said the head coach Jamahl Mosley as collected by the medium Orlando Sentinel. “It will be about playing hard, playing together and working as a team every day. The results will come by themselves if we do that. We are not going to put a number in front of us. We only come to do our work and improve ».
The Florida franchise features one of the ten youngest rosters in the NBA, with an average age of 24.7 years. A nucleus of young people that does not exceed 24 years of age and that has great promises such as Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, RJ Hampton, Cole Anthony or the more veterans Wendell Carter Jr., Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba, Markelle Fultz y Chuma Okeke.
If the youth no longer required hard work of polishing, cohesion and development, the case of the Magic is even more critical because of the injuries. With very different gravities and recovery times, the Florida men will start the season this Wednesday without Isaac, Fultz, Okeke, Moore and Suggs’s doubt due to a stomach problem.
In this way, the Magic will approach the season as a period of talent evaluation, without any pressure and with an eye also on what the 2022 draft may hold. “We have not set benchmarks,” said Jeff Weltman , president of the Wizards. “It’s about growing and developing our players, about playing hard. We want these young guys to learn what it takes to win in the NBA. “
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