Having formed in 1989, Orlando Magic is a relatively new team to the NBA fold, but they have since hit legendary status with such stars as Shaquille O'Neal (1992-96), Penny Hardaway (1996-99) and Tracy McGrady (2000-04) gracing the Florida court. Last year, Coach Frank Vogel, formerly of the Indiana Pacers, was brought on to replace Scott Skiles, who was part of the inaugural Magic team.
Although the Magic finished last season with the third worst record in its conference (at 29-53), this season is looking hopeful. Here’s why: first, a widely-predicted return to form by player Nikola Vucevic, whose 2017 season was the worst of his career, and second, a bounce back by head coach Vogel, who many suspected was merely going through growing pains last season.
Regardless, fans will show their pride in droves when basketball fever hits. Beginning with a matchup against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Magic will continue the season with home games at Amway Center in Orlando against the likes of the L.A. Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns.
And we can’t neglect to mention the other highlight of the week: The Boss is heading to Broadway! Bruce Springsteen makes his Broadway debut with Springsteen On Broadway on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The "Born in the U.S.A." singer will perform five shows a week until Nov. 29. On his website, Springsteen says the theater is probably the smallest he's played in the last 40 years. "My show is just me, the guitar, the piano, and the words and music," he says. "Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value."