On a day where are fallen soldiers are remembered, I want to take time out to pause and reflect on the Orlando Magic‘s road woes last season.
One of the glowing hallmarks of a young team in transition is their play away from home. The road can be a dark, scary place for a young team that is infused with talent but have yet to gel that talent together to form a solid core. Why do you think veteran teams have so much success away from home? Because those teams have an unbreakable will that carries them in hostile territory.
The Magic simply did not qualify as a team that has an unbreakable will, and as such, the road gobbled up the team and swallowed them whole. In 41 road games last season, the Magic won just four of those, easily solidifying them as the worst road team in the NBA.
How bad were the Magic on the road last season? Orlando’s best month on the road was in December, when the team went 2-6 away from Central Florida. There were three months — January, March and April — where the Magic put up a goose egg away from home.
If the Magic have plans to make some much-needed noise in the Eastern Conference, they must learn how to win away from home. 4-37 is not going to cut it, not even in the extremely weak East. The Magic must come together and form that unbreakable bond will that will carry them through hostile territory.
If not, then the road will once again swallow the Magic whole next season.