WDBO Sports Director Scott Anez has seen, or listened to, every Orlando Magic game ever played! A local boy who graduated from Lake Brantley High School and UCF, Scott began his career by covering the Magic's inaugural season in 1989 and he is known as the Voice of the Magic Fan in Orlando. This is Scott's 21st season hosting FM 96.5 and AM 580 Newstalk WDBO Inside Magic, the highest rated sports talk show in Orlando. He also serves as Broadcast Host for the Orlando Magic Radio Network. Scott shares his unique take on what's happening at Two Magic Place and beyond with ANEZ SEZ. Read more of Scott's previous blogs at the Anez Sez archive or at http://580wdbo.com.
Posted by Scott Anez, Sunday, October 7, 2012, 12:30 PM
Will History Repeat Itself?
I will not sugar coat it.
Never have, never will.
This is gonna be a tough year in some respects—a year of transition.
There's no getting around it.
Any time you lose a star player--a player who this franchise built around for eight years--it's gonna take some time to climb back up the mountain.
Any time you lose a coach who will go down as the best coach in Magic history--it's gonna sting.
Any time you start a re-building process--there are gonna be growing pains.
That's what we face this season.
How is this team gonna do?
I have seen some of the prognostications--and so have the Magic--16 wins...21 wins...23 wins.
Well, after being around them for a few days, I can tell you that this 2012-13 Magic team is primed prove the haters totally wrong.
The more you get to know new head coach Jacque Vaughn, the more you get the feeling that this guy was born to be in this exact spot at this exact time.
He very much reminds me of a younger Doc Rivers back before his first season as a Magic head coach in 1999.
That year, the Magic made some fifty-some-odd transactions involving some fifty-some-odd players in what most thought was going to be a recipe for disaster prior to going after the likes of free agents Tim Duncan and Grant Hill.
However, Doc’s positive approach and infectious attitude rubbed off on all of us—and that team, chock full of misfits and outcasts, would end up battling for a playoff spot right up until the final day of the regular season. To this day, Magic fans still have very fond memories of that Heart and Hustle team, a team that put it on the line each and every night.
Do not be surprised if history repeated itself in 2012-2013.
Sez is not making any predictions, just yet.
But here’s what I will say about this team: This team is gonna play with passion. This team is gonna play with pride. This team is gonna play with purpose. This team is gonna play with a chip on its shoulder.
At the end of the day, considering the circumstances, that’s all we can ask.
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