depressingESPN: Dwight Howard has his bags packed.

Showing off an it’s-not-over-yet smile and a confident attitude, the Orlando Magic center said Saturday that the NBA finals will be headed back to Los Angeles. The Magic are down 3-1 to the Lakers but want to “make history,” starting with Game 5 on Sunday in their final home game of the best season in franchise history.

“You want me to get up here and say the season is going to be over tomorrow? That’s not what anybody should do or anybody should think,” Howard said. “I believe that we’re going to be going back to L.A.”

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to make sure his team didn’t lose hope.

So he called players in for a rare day-after-game meeting Friday to make sure his team had moved on from its Game 4 meltdown. Van Gundy, who hardly ever gives speeches or motivational pep talks, delivered one at the meeting about Greg LeMond’s come back in the 1989 Tour de France he hopes will light a spark.

“He had come from behind and then taken the lead and then lost it on one of the late stages, and people started to write him off,” Van Gundy said. “And at the end of the stage he looked beaten, and he and his wife were talking when they left, and they asked his wife what he had said.

“And he said, ‘It’ll just make the story all that much better when I come back and win it all.’”

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  • KB24!

    I DONT THINK SOOOO

  • sketch

    I believe in Magic… MAGIC JOHNSON! Sorry Magic, you’re not welcome out in Los Angeles anymore! Enjoy your Eastern Conference Championship! You guys should definitely be proud of that!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deport Vujabitch

    Let’s see what refs we get. If we get three jacka$$es such as Salvadore, Wonderdik, or one if the Crawford A-holes then the Magic could win.

  • magicfan4lifesuckers!!!lulz

    if dwight said it then let it, be then we go back to la and win on the lakers home court!!!!

  • Fish that saved LA

    NOT IF I CAN HELP IT!!!

  • lainok

    there is no such thing as magic. just illusions. and it is an illusion that made people think you could win a championship relying on three’s.

  • parade in LA TRICK….

    THE MAGIC ARE DONE…..THEY WILL BE JOINING LEBITCH OH I MEAN LEBRON FISHING. THE ONLY MAGIC THAT WILL BE AT THE PARADE IS JOHNSON. SORRY DWIGHT…..

  • wowlakers

    i want Lakers to win at home. lol. dwight needs to know how it feels when purple and gold confetti comes down from above and all the fans are celebrating.

  • gugy

    I want the Lakers to close it tonight, but I would not be surprise to see game 6.
    The NBA and refs will do everything possible to have ONE more game. $$$$$$ simple as that.
    Everybody will make money, from Jerry Buss all the way to David Stern.
    So, even though it is sucks.

    I just hope the Lakers players will ignore this and just go for it.

  • kobe4ever