The Mount Rushmore gimmick is all the craze lately, and Scoop Jackson presented a Mount Rushmore for each NBA team. Here’s his picks for the Magic:
Nick Anderson, Penny Hardaway, Dwight Howard, Shaquille O’Neal Rationale: Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady aside, the Magic are still looking for an identity. Anderson’s four missed free throws in Game 1 of the ’95 Finals remains the team’s watershed moment. And until the Magic win a championship or just get back to a Finals — as wrong as it is — Nick’s face is as much a part of their history as anyone’s.
For me, it’s hard to argue with that. Nick Anderson was the original Magic star, Shaq and Penny brought the franchise to its first brush of greatness, and Dwight Howard is pretty self-explanatory. The other players who could be considered would be Darrell Armstrong, Tracy McGrady, Scott Skiles and Steve Francis (just kidding). What do you think? Would you choose a different four than Scoop Jackson?