Cole Anthony didn’t suit up for the Orlando Magic on Friday, but he still got a shot up against the Chicago Bulls.
Following the Magic’s 108-107 victory, Anthony, who’s been nursing an oblique injury since Oct. 26, posted this picture on Instagram:
Cole Anthony's jab, of course, is in regard to Wendell Carter Jr. and Franz Wagner — two of the players Orlando acquired as a result of the Bulls trading for Nikola Vucevic back in March of 2021 — combining for 41 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, and one steal in the Magic’s first road victory of the season.
Meanwhile, Vucevic posted his ninth double-double of the season (14 points and 16 rebounds) but missed two free throws that would’ve given the Bulls a four-point lead with 12.2 seconds left to play. Instead, Jalen Suggs hit the game-winning three on the Magic’s ensuing possession to send the Bulls home with their fourth straight loss.
To date, the Bulls (64-63) have one playoff appearance and nearly double the amount of regular-season wins as the Magic (33-93) since Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley began to go all in.
But with the Bulls seemingly running low on resolutions for both their present and their future, the Magic — with a host of young talent, including Carter Jr., Wagner, Bol Bol, and rookie-of-the-year front-runner Paolo Banchero — appear headed toward the last laugh.
If the Orlando Magic, to whom the Chicago Bulls still owe another first-round pick, aren’t there already.