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This Magic Moment 

In the mid-1990s, Orlando was the center of excitement in the NBA. The young franchise, led by mega-stars Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, beat the mighty Bulls en route to the 1995 NBA... See full summary »
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In the mid-1990s, Orlando was the center of excitement in the NBA. The young franchise, led by mega-stars Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, beat the mighty Bulls en route to the 1995 NBA Finals. While it was clear Orlando was a dynasty in the making, the Magic's moment on top was never fully realized.

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14 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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This Magic Duo
17 April 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30: This Magic Moment (2016)

*** (out of 4)

Another good entry in the ESPN series has filmmakers Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden looking at the rise of the Orlando Magic. This documentary covers the franchise coming into the NBA, their first few awful seasons and then the luck of getting back-to-back top picks in the draft where they'd select Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway.

For the most part this here is an entertaining documentary, although the subject itself really isn't all that interesting . I mean, the Magic had a two year great run so I'm just not sure this type of "run" was needing a two hour documentary. We hear from the two leads and many of the supporting people as we hear about them getting over the hump and beating the Chicago Bulls but lacking against the Houston Rockets. We also look at how Hardaway and Little Penny became a world-wide sensation. Of course, how the story ends is also quite interesting.

There's certainly nothing awful here but I just don't feel the subject needed the extra running time.


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