During the summer of 1999, the direction of the Orlando Magic franchise changed dramatically. Several key players from the previous season had been shipped out of town including All-Star Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. General manager John Gabriel decided it was time to dismantle the team and clear up cap space for the following summer when free agents like Tim Duncan and Grant Hill would be available. Not a bad plan. Adding Duncan or Hill would surely help Magic fans get over losing Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers for nothing a few years back. The Magic were quickly picked to finish the 1999-00 campaign with one of the NBA's worst records. There was no way they could win more than 15 games with a bunch of young, relatively unknown players. I'm sure fans wondered, "Who in the world were Ben W ...
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