It might not — yet — have the online fanaticism and cachet of baseball, but the NBA and its fans are starting to catch up in the world of team-devoted blogs. To this end, Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom's Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each NBA team. There are fewer than there are for baseball, but they're out there, if you look. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours, even) for selection, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today: The Orlando Magic.
In the 2005 draft, the Magic selected Fran Vazquez with the 11th pick. Vazquez then announced that he would remain in Spain to play for Akasvayu Girona (laugh track). A few months later, owner Rich DeVos said that he was handing over ownership of the team to his children, and making his son-in-law team president. Their only retired jersey? No. 6 — for the fans. Instead of a ball with stars, shouldn't the Magic incoporate Disney's Goofy into their logo? Just a thought. Since their inception as an expansion tean in 1989, there have been no NBA titles for the Magic, and one conference crown (1995). But the team did bring us Shaquille O'Neal as a rookie, and of course we never miss a Travis Diener chat. Orlando is struggling now, nine games below .500. But their blogging community hangs on doggedly. Let's take a look.
3. Orlando Magic. A great blog which mysteriously stopped posting a week ago. Somebody stop by and peer into the window to make sure everything's OK.
2. Magical Thoughts. They don't post as often as we'd like, but you can tell they are true fans.
1. Believing in Magic. Even with a gratuitous Rolling Stones joke and a shot at Hedo Turkoglu right at the top, we still bestow top status, because this blog is otherwise really solid.