It is a tough period for teams that lose in a title game.
Often times they go into the off-season dealing with many issues hampering a clear a run back to the final the following season.
The Orlando Magic are the latest team scratching their heads after being thumped out of the NBA finals last week.
Orlando and team captain Dwight Howard were taken out 4-1 by the Los Angeles Lakers, with the decisive game five being on the Magic’s home court in Amway Arena.
At this point it looks bleak that the Magic will reach this pedestal next season. It was just the second time the side has made it to the finals in its history.
Star forward Hedo Turkoglu has filed for free agency and is set to be picked up any day now. Hedo emerged as a sharp shooter this season who could deliver in the waning minutes of a game. His offense production will be a big void to fill.
Another troublesome spot next year is the status at point guard. Rafer Alston was brought into the fold mid-season after Jameer Nelson went down with an injury.
Both played well in spurts against LA in the finals and should be brought back next season. Money and ego could prevent that and a difficult choice would have to be made between the two.
Arguably the biggest issue against Orlando is the improvement of their competition. With Garnett being healthy in Boston and Shaq likely going to Cleveland the Magic will need much sorcery to get back to the finals in 2010.