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Intersection: The Rollercoaster Ride Of Orlando Magic Fandom

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Irwin "Dr. Coach' Hudson. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The Orlando Magic’s embarking on its 30th season. It’s been a roller coaster ride for fans over the last three decades. Now they’re hoping for a change in fortunes.

Joining Intersection for a conversation about the Magic is basketball trainer and coach Irwin Hudson, who’s been following the team for 27 years. 

“The atmosphere, when I first got here about 27 years ago, seeing people’s reaction to having a new franchise in town was just amazing,” says Hudson.

“Right now, we’re just hopeful we can get us a solid team,” he says.

We’ve got a new coach coming in, hopefully everything comes together where we can actually win basketball games. Winning trumps everything else. We can have fun, we’re having a great time, but when it comes down to it, winning is everything.”

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »