The Unfulfilled Promise of Shaq and Penny’s Magic

The Orlando Magic won the Shaquille O’Neal sweepstakes in 1992, drafting him first overall, and flipped Chris Webber at the draft the next year for Penny Hardaway and three future first-round picks. Everyone agreed that the Magic were set for a meteoric rise, especially when they were surrounded by quality role players like Dennis Scott, Horace Grant, and Nick Anderson. The impending championship run short-circuited, however, when Shaq bolted for Los Angeles and Penny’s chronic knee troubles slowed his roll. Grantland looks back at the dynasty that never was.

Blue Chips: An oral history of Shaq, Penny, and the Orlando Magic’s lost NBA dynasty., 4.6.15