5 Orlando Magic games we are already looking forward to

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Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic, Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
Oct 29, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs (4) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) during the second half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /

5 Orlando Magic games we are already looking forward to

Toronto Raptors

During the NBA Finals, the Jimmy Kimmel Show aired their segment clearly filmed at All-Star Weekend of NBA players reading mean tweets. It featured Orlando Magic rookies Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner.

Everyone was catching strays in this segment. That is kind of the point. But Magic fans especially noted where the mean tweet at Wagner came from:

Yes, that is a comment from a user named @YABarnes4MVP.

Orlando Magic fans are very miffed and confused by Toronto Raptors’ fans obsession with the Magic’s two rookies. They chanted “Scottie’s better” at Jalen Suggs during an early season game in Toronto forgetting that the Raptors made the choice to pick Scottie Barnes over Jalen Suggs.

A lot of Magic fans on Twitter reported Raptors fans jumping in on conversations to lord their selection of Barnes over Suggs and Wagner in the Draft.

Mind you, this is not the Magic passing on Barnes and the Raptors scooping him up. This is Raptors fans making their own selection and lording options the Magic did not even have over a team beneath them.

This sounds like punching down, which is never a good idea.

Magic fans have never begrudged the Raptors’ selection of Barnes. Barnes won Rookie of the Year last year and deservedly so. Everything seemed to work out for everyone.

Orlando loved the team’s selection of Wagner and Suggs. Sure, Suggs struggled, but there is a lot to like about him and nobody is giving up on him yet.

But there is some lingering animosity between these fan bases, at least. Orlando fans are still a bit salty about Kyle Lowry injuring Aaron Gordon in the bubble and derailing any hopes in the 2020 season. Not to mention all of Lowry’s other antics during the course of their meetings in 2019 and 2020 (and now he is on the Miami Heat which does not make him a favorite person in Orlando).

Whether the teams like it or not, this is a game that carries some bragging rights. Even if it is just among fans.