Optimist Prime, on 27 November 2012 - 11:50 AM, said:
Atlanta leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Partially because of Collins, partially because of Jameer's 2nd round tickets (and how they had to use that statement as a motivator for the series), partially because of Jamal Crawford, and partially because we destroyed them two years in a row, then were beaten in our last year of having a real chance at the title.
Yeah, it's a tenuous connection that's been tested in recent years. I still like the way they built their team, but I'm not so wild about the actual team anymore. I'm a lot like you in the fact that my loyalties outside the Magic are fairly mercurial. I've never liked Miami, even back in the Zo/Hardaway days, Boston is hit or miss - I hate Boston because they're so good and they have the team I WISH the Magic were. Garnett's mouthy, but he backs it up. Pierce whines a lot, but he backs it up. As much as I dislike him, Rondo's a legit PG and backs it up.
No matter who arrives in Boston, they play up to the standards of the organization.
With the Magic, with few exceptions, it seems players play down to the history of the organization.