The NBA War Room is now closed, but the battleground remains contentious.
There is random chaos and confusion in the streets of Cleveland, a city still Googling away, trying to get specifics on somebody named Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
"I'm speechless right now," Bennett said, pretty much reflecting the incredulous reaction of some Cavaliers fans.
There is confusion in Philly as well. The 76ers just traded their best player for a tall guy with a "fragile" sticker on his knee. Maybe Andrew Bynum can give Nerlens Noel rehabbing tips.
And it's kinda crazy in Boston, where Bill Simmons and Doc Rivers are sniping at each other on national television, and one of Doc's kid is hammering Simmons on Twitter. Maybe this is a prelude to the "Beatdown in Beantown" pay-per-view event coming soon. That's going to be as entertaining as it gets for a Boston team decimated of its star-power within the last few days.
Over here in our "dried-up little pond" -- as Shaquille O'Neal once derisively labeled Orlando -- I sense that peaceful, easy feeling of a franchise on the upswing.
It's a process, no doubt, once that will involve a bunch of losses and plenty of empty sections at the Amway Center for a year or so.
No worries, Rob Hennigan, the Magic GM, is usually the smartest -- and youngest -- guy in the room. He's not glib, arrogant, confrontational, or necessarily forthcoming. Robotic, maybe. But in a good way.
Hennigan often talks of establishing "sustainability" for the Magic franchise, and once you get past the techno-talk you see where he is going with this.
The Whiz Kid, who became the youngest general manager when he was hired at 30 last year, is re-vamping the Magic in an old-school way.
"It's all about heart, man," Victor Oladipo, one of the new Magic Men, said Friday afternoon during an introductory news conference.
He'll throw in a lot of hustle as well, considering Oladipo brings a reputation as the hardest worker in the gym to Orlando.
He's a Hennigan guy, without question, and part of the major revamp since Dwight Howard left the building. In came Moe Harkless, Nikola Vu¿evi¿, Al Harrington, Arron Afflalo, plus a number of high draft picks as part of a four-team shuffle. Big win for Orlando, especially since Dwight Howard was a disgruntled employee who wasn't going to stay.
Hennigan then dispatched J.J. Redick, the team's most popular player and a rising star, to Milwaukee as part of a deal that brought forward Tobias Harris to Orlando. Advantage, Orlando.
Imagine what this conversation would sound like today if Hennigan had listened to media dolts like me who thought the Magic should trade Howard for Bynum and the worst haircut in the world, as well as keep popular J.J.
"We've done a decent job of establishing a foundation for the team and establishing an identity," Hennigan said Friday. "It's our hope that any player we bring in will continue to embody the type of things that the players currently embody. We want guys who are about the right things, and we feel we're on the right track.
"…We just want to continue to grow, continue to get better, continue to learn and maximize what we feel is some pretty good things coming down the road for us."
Perhaps Hennigan is sugar-coating the process -- the Magic are likely to stink again next year, which bodes well as far as draft position -- as the road to rehab continues. But the guys Hennigan has in place right now fit his "sustainability" model.
Just add a superstar or two, stir, and watch what happens.
"Just keep working," Oladipo said.
Grab a Snickers bar. It will be a while. But imagine the sugar rush that awaits.