If you’re not an NBA fan you probably don’t know this but 11 years ago 3 NBA superstars all wanted to go play together in the magical kingdom known as Orlando, Florida. In the summer of 2000 the Orlando Magic came very close to signing the greatest power forward of all time Tim Duncan. OF ALL TIME!!! While the Magic missed out on Duncan they did get two all-stars that summer Grant Hill and Tracey McGrady. Today I’m going to tell you what would’ve gone down had Duncan gone to Orlando.
Dirk I’m really happy for you and Imma let you finish but Tim Duncan is the best power forward of ALL TIME!! That joke’s so good I’ve already used it twice.
Their first season together the new look Magic go 69-13. The addition of Duncan allows Grant Hill’s ankles to relax and he plays the whole season healthy. The Magic beat the Lakers in 6 to walk away with an NBA championship. The next three years are very similar with the Magic winning 66,71, and 68 games each regular season along with another title every June.
What could have been Magic fans….what could have been.
Year 5 of the Orlando Big 3 are when things start to get interesting. Bored with the lack of competition in the NBA Grant Hill’s dark side starts to show and he develops a massive cocaine addiction. Although NBA spectators and analysts are impressed by Hill’s newfound energy Tim Duncan begins to suspect something is amiss. You see Grant, for the second week in a row mind you, had missed Tim’s weekly 2 hour lecture on home gardening. When Tim asked Grant about his absence, Grant winked and explained that he was “snowed in” and had some “nasal issues.”
Did he just score a basket…or some coke?
Things came to a head when Grant was a no-show for Tim and Tracey’s Xbox 360 launch party even when he RSVP’d attending to their T&T’s XBOX three sixTTy facebook event. When the crestfallen superstars asked Grant why he didn’t show up he replied, “I don’t need to tell you anything you’re not my mom. Video games are gay!” Stunned silence filled the arena. Grant and recently acquired journeyman role player Jared Dudley had long been the Association’s most outspoken supporters of gay rights.
Jared Dudley, the second best basketball playing civil rights activist.
As Grant heard his homophobic remarks echoing off the Amway Center walls he broke down in tears at mid court. Tim Duncan picked up Grant and said, “Let’s go get you some help little buddy.” On their way to the rehab center, Tim Duncan shared his own shocking story of his battle with addiction. “There were some days when I was drinking sometimes as many as 4 whole cans of Mountain Dew.” Time said, “I just thought one more can and I can finish this raid and then I’ll go to bed.”
When they arrived at the rehab center, Grant Hill stumbled getting out of the car. “Are you OK?” asked Tim. “I just tweaked my ankle,” replied Grant. “I’m sure it’s nothing and I’ll be fine.”