In celebration of the Magic’s 25th anniversary season and to honor the rich history of Orlando Magic basketball, the team will don the original jersey, the signature black, pinstriped jersey with throwback team logos worn through the 1989-94 seasons starting with the January 4 matchup with the Miami Heat. The team also featured the jerseys through the 1998 season as an alternate. The original Magic jersey design was worn by Magic greats including Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Dennis Scott, Nick Anderson, Horace Grant, Darrell Armstrong and Scott Skiles.
The white and black pinstriped jerseys were worn for some of the greatest Magic moments in team history, including Scott Skiles’ 30 assist performance on Dec. 30, 1990 – breaking the NBA record for most assists in a single game; Shaquille O’Neal breaking the backboard and Nick Anderson scoring a career-high 50 points in the same game on April 23, 1993; when Nick Anderson stole the ball from Michael Jordan in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals; the Magic’s first run to the NBA Finals in 1995; Dennis Scott setting a then-NBA single game record with 11 3-pointers on April 18, 1996; and Penny Hardaway’s 42 and 41 points, respectively, in Games 3 and 4 of the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs against Miami, still ranking as one of the best playoff performances in Magic history.
The Hardwood Classic Jerseys will be featured at the following 10 games this season: Jan. 4 vs. Miami, Jan. 17 vs. Charlotte, Jan. 21 @ Brooklyn,Jan. 24 vs. LA Lakers, Feb. 5 vs. Detroit, Feb. 7 vs. Oklahoma City, Feb. 21 vs. New York, Mar. 8 @ San Antonio, Mar. 10 @ Milwaukee and Mar. 14vs. Washington.
The jerseys are also available for purchase through the Orlando Magic Team Shop presented by adidas, open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.at the Amway Center, or online at orlandomagicshop.com. The jerseys provide fans an opportunity to remember the past while showing their support of their favorite NBA team. Fans may also get them personalized.
The 25 years of Magic basketball have seen great success for a relatively young franchise including five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010), seven 50-plus win seasons and Eastern Conference titles in 1995 and 2009. In addition to its on-the-court success, the team gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Including more than $18 million distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994. Orlando Magic community relations programs annually impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while the OMYF-MFF has positively impacted more than 1 million children. The Magic Volunteer Program (MVP), an organizational staff-wide initiative, provides more than 6,000 community volunteer hours per year.
Ticket highlights for the Magic’s 2013-14 Silver Season in the Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 9,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
Source: The Orlando Magic
Dennis Scott photo taken by Nathaniel S. Butler, Getty Images. Photo #2:
Nick Anderson photo NBA Photos/Getty Images.