Missing Magic basketball? Yeah, I am too.
It has been a rough couple of weeks and word is leaking out that the NBA plans to cancel two more weeks of games today. There will be an empty feeling throughout November.
Still Magic basketball always finds a way to carry on. And Sun Sports is going to do a lot to help us out with that. Sun Sports and the Magic announced that the network will revisit several classic games in a new series entitled: “Magic Classics.”
The first broadcast will be Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. with a review of the Magic’s inaugural game against the defending champion Pistons. On Nov. 2, the network will look back at the 1989 matchup with Chicago where Otis Smith’s buzzer beater trumped Michael Jordan’s 52 points. On Nov. 9, Sun Sports will revisit the final game at the Boston Garden when the Magic advanced past the first round for the first time. All the broadcasts will be at 6 p.m., and I am sure more will come.
The Magic broadcast team of David Steele and Matt Guokas will lead viewers as they revisit these games with commentary from other Magic personalities — like Pat Williams, Otis Smith and Richie Adubato.
It should be an interesting look back at some memorable games. The Magic’s press release does not say how long the broadcast will be (cannot imagine it is more than an hour), but I think it will be neat to take a look at some of the raw footage of these old games. It is certainly better than the constant replay of games NBATV has on a loop from the 1993 Playoffs (not that I do not enjoy a good Mugsey Bogues game here and there). And it should tie in nicely with Magic Masters which will be kickstarted back up again soon.
And these, plus the premiere of Magic Overtime with Dante and Galante on Tuesday, Nov. 1, should give us some type of Magic to tide us over until the lockout ends. Or maybe it will just remind us of what we are missing.