Sun Sports and FS Florida broadcaster David Steele is in the midst of his 23rd season of Orlando Magic basketball, and his 14th as the play-by-play announcer for the team's television broadcasts. He was named television play-by-play voice for the Orlando Magic in March of 1998 after handling radio play-by-play duties for the team's first nine seasons. Steele shares his unique take on what's happening with the Orlando Magic and more with his newest blog.

Posted by David Steele, Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 12:30 PM

Reasons Excited About Season

A lot of people have been asking me lately, “Are you excited about the start of the Magic season?” The short answer is, “Yes, of course. I’m excited about the start of every Magic season.”

A longer explanation requires reasons why, in a season in which most “experts” have already written off the Magic before play even begins, my enthusiasm for the upcoming year is as great as ever. Here are five reasons I’m excited about Orlando’s 24th season in the NBA.

-It’s a fresh start. This will likely surprise no one- the daily drama surrounding the Magic team last year did not always create the most positive work environment. Suffice it to say, I am happy with the franchise’s new direction. New gm Rob Hennigan and his staff have a plan for the future. Bring in players with high character. Draft well. Develop young players. Create and utilize cap space. This is a plan that makes sense to me.

-Jacque Vaughn. Yes, he is the youngest coach in the NBA, but the Magic’s new head coach has obviously been preparing a long time to be a head coach. As a tactician he is organized and detail oriented, yet manages to keep things simple for the players. Style wise, his demeanor is cool and calm. This should serve him well in communicating with players.

-Hello Brooklyn! The Nets have moved across the Hudson to Brooklyn, NY. I’m really looking forward to traveling to a new location and experiencing a new venue in the Barclay Center. The Magic’s fabulous Amway Center may get a little competition, but I’ll be surprised if the Barclay supplants the AC as the NBA’s finest facility.

-Another season with Matty Guokas. I really enjoy working with a close friend, who also happens to be one of the best NBA analysts in the business. A former player. An ex-head coach. An excellent communicator. Every day working with Matty I learn something new. NBA team broadcasters have two families, the one at home, and the one you travel with during the season. My “in season family” of Matty and the rest of the Magic broadcast crew is top notch.

-The NBA puts out a great product. It’s a hackneyed expression, but true. The greatest athletes in the world play in the NBA. I never get tired of watching the game, with the anticipation that on any given night, at any given moment, I might witness something that everyone is talking about the next morning. And as I’ve said many times before, broadcasting NBA basketball sure beats working for a living.

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