Armstrong: Magic ‘More Dangerous’
Take heart Orlando Magic fans. The king of the Magic’s ‘Heart and Hustle’ era sees a bright future for Orlando despite the Dwight Howard trade to the Lakers last week.
I caught up with Darrell Armstrong during his 13th annual Darrell Armstrong Classic weekend to benefit his foundation for premature babies to get his thoughts on his former team. Armstrong, currently an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks, competed for the Magic from 1995-2003.
You’ll recall Armstrong helped lead the Magic to an impressive near playoff run on a 41-41 record for a team predicted to win 10 games led by a then young Doc Rivers. The Magic traded Penny Hardaway, Horace Grant and Nick Anderson, the final integral pieces to Orlando’s inaugural NBA Finals appearance.
So it’s no surprise that Armstrong would feel the Magic don’t need a superstar to remain competitive in an increasingly talented Eastern Conference. Matter-of-fact, the absence of a superstar makes the Orlando Magic an even bigger threat, according to Armstrong.
“That’s what makes a more dangerous team to me because you can’t zero in on anybody,” Armstrong said.