The idea of a 120 million, 7 year contract was unprecedented at the time and unfortunately, it took too long for our front office to realize that the value Shaq adds to our franchise was actually worth every penny, unlike the Lakers who scooped him up. This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. This story is not burned into their psyche, governing so many decisions down the road. Sometimes these stories are more fun than getting a chance to see things play out because more often than not, that potential is never fulfilled. He wanted to stay in Orlando, but his youthful ego got in the way. Within five years of launching the franchise, the Magic had two dynamic stars to build a championship team around. These are the questions directors Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden ask looking back upon history.
Overall the film is good. The documentary simply tells the story as it happened and tells it well. What would have happened if things broke the right way and the inevitable ascendency of one of the youngest, most exciting teams of a generation had continued on its seemingly endless upward trajectory? It seems to have been a product of an inexperienced franchise failing to see the value in locking up a once in a lifetime talent. Is this a story about how success can be fleeting? The two stars deliver delightful but brutally honest testimony, and so do the executives, coaches, teammates, observers and opponents who were there for the stardust and poof! A large chunk of that stems from there being a lack of outspoken third parties to really provide sufficient context, background, or alternative point of views on the rise and the fall of the Magic. All they were missing was the fairy tale ending. .
The raw joy of having a basketball team and becoming a major league city is captured. What would have happened if these two great players had stayed together? If we just offered shaq the max in the first place we wouldnt have ever lost him According to shaq at least. Just as speaks very openly about the free throws that made him nationally infamous. The theme that comes throughout the film is just how young everyone is. It will be an entertaining, exhilarating and emotional ride.
The fact this movie is able to re-open those wounds and bring that sense of regret and pain is a good thing. I do think there were narratives and points in time which either got too much focus or not enough. She was the first woman at the helm of the organization. The story is well told. The push for a title and just how easy it seemed to come is felt.
The realization that comes from unpacking and watching these events recounted in sequence is just how complex and how layered this time for the Magic was. The only problem is that the fairy tale ending never became reality. With youth and talent in place, the Magic were assumed they would become a dynasty. For Magic fans, the emotions will be especially poignant. But as a whole, Leyden and Kirby did a pretty good job filling the elongated run time. Basically, someone just needed to say something like that in the film with a montage of Space Jam, Yo! And the knife gets twisted again as old wounds are re-opened.
It is the the story that is not the main story of sports history — the Magic are merely a footnote in the story of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers dynasties. All these issues are touched upon, but perhaps not fully explored. Film Review: '30 for 30: This Magic Moment' Reviewed at Reviewed at Tribeca Film Festival Gala , April 14, 2016. The young man, as the movie says, takes that and enjoys the moment too much, not taking care of the task at hand. He reiterates what he said last year. It takes place in the 80s or 90s, involves high-profile teams or personalities, had involvement of key individuals involved, and gives added context to noteworthy events that have faded in my memory.
The lesson is that nothing is inevitable, egos clash and success can be fleeting if you do not know how to take care of it. Despite my concern that two hours was probably a bit of a long run time, I found myself several times over being like George Costanza wanting to back things up, thinking we were rushing through something that deserved much more focus and conversation. Executive producers, John Dahl, Libby Geist, Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Connor Schell. And then hits the familiar notes of the rise to a Playoff team, the trip through the 1995 Playoffs. The ecstasy of it all is there.
Director's Take Everyone loves a good 'What if? The story begins with the founding of the Magic and the circumstances that led to their back-to-back Lottery wins. It hits all the notes and recreates the feelings of that time and that team well. Things are conveniently downplayed to not seem as monumental as they really were. Look how that easy that was! This Magic Moment sits right in the middle of my rankings with not much standing out as really exceptional, nor was anything noticeably subpar. Stories covered include the trade of Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan's foray into baseball, and the Baltimore Colts' move to Indianapolis. This sports documentary series takes a look at some of the biggest stories in sports in the years between 1979 and 2009.
We get to marvel at the potential, the promise of things to come. If This Magic Moment has a shortcoming it is that it jams everything in without clearly stating what the lesson the audience should take from this sotry is. It was just the start of a chapter of American history like none other, one that would lay bare the realities of race, power, the legal system, the media, and so much more in Los Angeles, California and far beyond. Film Summary They were a fairy tale team in a fairy tale setting, with a cast of larger-than-life characters and a Cinderella plot line that featured magical ping-pong balls and a talking puppet. Hard to feel bad for the team if true. It hits those notes and captures that moment for fans again. For the national audience, they will get the story they may not know by heart or have experienced firsthand.
A reality lived by millions of other black people at the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department and its chief, Daryl Gates. The thrill of winning the Lotteries is experienced all over again. She is also a co-creator and senior producer of Becoming, a documentary series that tells the stories of how today's top athletes -- including LeBron James, Alex Morgan and Henrik Lundqvist -- became great. These are two of the great questions left from the Orlando Magic of the mid-1990s. I feel like Bill Simmons could do like a two-hour podcast on these items and it would be a hoot, yet in the film all of these things combined get like 3-4 minutes in total.