The Orlando Magic failed to make the playoffs last season and that was a disappointment. This year, no one within the organization will make any promise —even if making the playoffs are the expectation.
Orlando Magic fans want to hear playoff aspirations echoing throughout the city. They want signs that the rebuild is almost over. But they won’t receive those sentiments from the Magic organization this time around.
The consensus from everyone within the Orlando Magic organization is this process is still a — process.
Several Magic players confirmed success this year is measured day by day. Practice by practice. And game by game.
“That’s the beauty of the NBA. We get an opportunity to do it again and do it better.”
Biyombo also stated he planned to be near the top of the list for defensive player of the year this season.
“I’m really excited. I’m really pumped about this year. I feel like it’s going to be a special year.”
Biyombo held back on making playoff promises but expectations are high throughout the organization.
Fourth year guard, Elfrid Payton reiterated the same comments as Biyombo. When speaking to The Oliver’ Twist at Monday’s Media Day, Payton stated the goal was to improve daily.
“Take it day by day. Definitely enjoy the process. Obviously that’s [playoffs] the big goal but definitely.”
Veteran newcomer Marreese Speights, indicated the team had a nice mix of veterans and youth. Speaking to The Oliver’s Twist at media day, Speights stated that sacrifices will be necessary. And made by everyone. He stated those sacrifices are necessary in order for the team to be successful this year. When asked about if the Orlando Magic would make an improvement over last years team, Speights didn’t hold back.
“Oh yea, we for sure going to make a jump. It’s all about leaving the egos at the door. It’s all about sacrificing and competing every day. As long as we do that, we will be good.” Speights said. “It’s a process. You can’t cheat the process. When you cheat the process that’s when things don’t go your way.”
All indications point toward the Orlando Magic remaining humble and working hard day by day. No one is in a rush for short-term success to come at the expense of long-term goals.