No. 15: Orlando Magic

Originally Published: June 11, 2009
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Shaquille O'NealNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesShaquille O'Neal gave the Magic a quick rise to the NBA's elite; his departure cast a large shadow.

Orlando tends to see itself as a star-crossed franchise, and you could certainly make an argument for that. From Nick Anderson's four missed free throws in the 1995 Finals; to Shaquille O'Neal's shady free-agent departure; to the injury woes of Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill; to the bizarre Hockey Guy years; to, perhaps, the missed layup by Courtney Lee in Game 2 of the 2009 Finals, a common thread does seem to run through most of the franchise's history.

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