The Orlando Magic‘s home court is perhaps one of the most beautiful arenas in the country. It is a certified LEED building, houses bars, restaurants, and holds as much swag as anyone can offer.
The only problem is that the Magic have had trouble protecting their house the past two season. The Magic are only 31-51 combined in the past two season at Amway Arena, and for the team to have any success next season, their home record needs to be stellar.
That is because young teams like Orlando have enormous difficulty playing in enemy territory. We witnessed it last season, when the Magic set an all-time futility record for road losses with 37, and that was with veterans in the starting line-up. So for the extremely young starting core, the team will more than likely struggle again away from Central Florida.
But if it’s one thing a young team thrives on it’s the energy brought on by the home crowd, and the Magic must harness that energy and translate it into winning basketball on their home floor. Granted, Orlando has not had the reputation of having vocal fans, but when the team is playing well, the Orlando crowd is as good as any in the league.
If Orlando wants to be playing playoff basketball next season, it will first have to post a winning record at home, because a 19-22 home record will not cut it next season. That number must be reversed.