Sunday is a very special day for the Magic family. Our oldest son, so to speak, will be celebrating his 45th birthday!
As was made pretty clear in the Magic broadcast Friday, Nick Anderson, the original Magic draft pick and one of the franchise's most beloved players, will celebrate his birthday Sunday. And so will we with these highlights:
Yes, that evening in the Meadowlands was a very special evening. That 50 poionts were his career high and he did it off the bench in a game made memorable for Shaquille O'Neal pulling the basket down. Anderson was an underrated scorer and it is still no wonder that he held the Magic's all-time scoring mark for so long (it was broken only last year by Dwight Howard).
Anderson averaged 14.4 point sper game during his career, including averaging 19.9 points per game in 1992 and 1993. When Penny Hardaway came, he filled a new role — that of sharpshooter and defensive stopper. And he filled that too as part of the Magic's championship run in 1995 to the NBA Finals.
We will not talk about that series though, instead choosing to remember what is perhaps the greatest play in team history.
Not much more to say for the Magic community ambassador and Fox Sports Florida analyst. We wish we were hanging your No. 25 for your 45th birthday. Maybe that will come soon enough.