The Orlando Magic were an intrigue to the NBA in 2000 when Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill created a superteam slated to rule the NBA’s Eastern Conference.Grant Hill started at point guard, Darrell Armstrong slid to the two-guard with McGrady staring at the 3, with Drew Gooden and John Amaechi at the 4 and 5, respectively.
The team coached by Doc Rivers was slated even had Mike Miller coming off the bench!
The biggest intrigue in the whole operation was the talk that Tim Duncan was coming to Orlando in the 2000 NBA free agency craze.
With Tracy McGrady being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, one can’t help but wonder: ‘What If?’
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich thought Duncan going to Orlando was a real possibility though!
“It was a nerve-wrecking time,” Popovich admitted in an interview. (H/T CBS Sports’ Matt Moore)
“It was hell. You get close to a player and you don’t want to see him leave. I never let myself believe he was going to stay. I was just getting myself prepared, for sanity reasons. It’s no fun.”
“It also seems like it takes forever to resolve. That’s the worst part of it. We made our pitch to him and let him be, let him make up his own mind.”
Former Orlando Magic guard Darrell Armstrong tells a different story on Scoop B Radio: “Tim wasn’t going nowhere,” said Armstrong.
“I mean where Tim played at and finished at, that was where Tim was going to be. Tim wasn’t going to go nowhere. We all love to entertain and see who is going to be out there. I don’t even believe he even thought about leaving San Antonio especially after winning some Championships. So I mean, no he wasn’t going anywhere. Sometimes you call the guys when free agency starts and you call them and talk to guys and they wanted me to call and I was sitting there like I am not you shouldn’t even call this guy he isn’t leaving.”