Magic fans remember the heartbreakersCNNSI.com looked at a few of the transactions that made Magic fans shout, "Say It Ain't So." Then we opened the mailbag and let users vent on those and other dirty deals from over the years. Here is a sampling of your reactions:
So the summer of 1996 they let Shaq leave through free agency. They didn't know what they had. So that particular move really hurt. Then there was the Penny Hardaway situation. They really hurt his image. Fortunately, they made up for poor moves in the past and signed my favorite player and future superstar in Tracy McGrady and All-Star Grant Hill. Lets Go Magic!
When Shaq left Orlando I was devastated. I hated him for years. It wasn´t until last year when they won it all i forgave him.
I was once a huge fan of the Orlando Magic, having spent a few years living in O-town. Life as I originally knew it changed on July 18, 1996 when Shaquille O'Neal was chased out of town by the inept management and bigoted fans. He could never do enough. Somehow, Jerry West and the Lakers pushed the right buttons and, presto!, Shaq won the championship the playa-haters said he would never get. Yeah, he might've been a little immature in Orlando and he still struggles at the free throw line but John Amechi and Micheal Doleac couldn't get you 35 points and 20 rebounds if you locked them in a gym by themselves.
Wanna see magic? Poof! That's the Magic franchise that hasn't won a playoff series in five years disappearing!
The day Shaquille O'Neal signed with the L.A. Lakers. I was hoping for numerous championships with Shaq and Penny dominating the league. To this day I still feel like the Orlando Magic would have at least two championships, and the Bulls' second three-peat would have never happened.