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This is why I think a lot of the media guys are idiots. Oladipo put up comparable offensive stats with superior defense. He was the clear choice this year and he got robbed.
7 months ago on Oladipo finishes second in Rookie of the Year voting
Great play! I'm also impressed with Grant Hill's impressive verbal pivot to account for the tremendous highlight he just saw. "I know all about broken ankles". Man what a team we could of had if his ankle just stayed healthy.
9 months ago on Video: Victor Oladipo breaks Mo Williams’ ankles
Does it make me a bad fan that I'm ecstatic that the Magic racked up another loss to improve their draft position?
9 months ago on Video: Trey Burke hits game-winning 3-pointer
What a sick dunk!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Video: Victor Oladipo goes 360 for a dunk
The Magic are looking pretty decent now. Not a bad rebuilding effort, must say I've been pleasantly surprised by our young Gm's performance. My only concern is our team might be too good now to get pole position for the Wiggins sweepstake.
1 year, 5 months ago on Victor Oladipo selected in first round by Orlando
@markaphelps As a fan, I really, really, hate the trade. I'm also bitter about Van Gundy being canned for no reason now.
2 years, 4 months ago on Dwight Howard traded to Lakers
I'm on a diet that involves no sugar. Your post has really tested my resolve. Good luck with your new life in Portland.
2 years, 5 months ago on Magic Basketball Weekly: On the supremacy of pie among desserts
Good luck Danny in your new endeavors! Thanks for writing here. As for Noam and Sean welcome to Magicbasketball.
2 years, 5 months ago on Thank you Danny Nowell; Welcome Sean Highkin and Noam Schiller
Interesting pick, consider the Magic already have two power forwards on their roster. I wonder what Hennigan is up to?
2 years, 5 months ago on Magic select Andrew Nicholson in first round of 2012 NBA Draft
Dwight better sign an extension with the Magic or this move is going to be absolutely idiotic. Goodbye SVG, I'll miss your brutal honestly.
2 years, 7 months ago on Magic fire Stan Van Gundy; part ways with Otis Smith
Incredible win by the Magic!! The Magic are going to have to step up their game though. I doubt Hibbert is going to miss all of those shouts or the pacers are going to miss so many ft's next time. I'm very proud to be a Magic fan tonight. The guys out there showed a lot of heart.
2 years, 7 months ago on Preview: Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers, Game 1
Way to look at the positive! I'm really worried about Dwight and whether he will be ever be the same player. Look at what happened to Amare Stoudamire this season. He went from being a MVP canadidate last season to a contract albatross this season. And what type of injury did he have this season? A bulging disc. Which is actually less harmful then a herniated disc. What a nightmare this season turned out to be.
2 years, 8 months ago on Recap: Orlando Magic 100, Cleveland Cavaliers 84
Down goes Davis. What a horror show.
2 years, 8 months ago on Preview: Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers
Does anyone have a good explanation why all of a sudden Glenn Davis is playing well? And is it sustainable?
2 years, 8 months ago on Preview: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic
@djbacardi Yes it is a business. Dwight Howard is a brand, and his brand has been severely damaged today. Not only did he tell a bold face lie, but he committed the sin of prizing himself over the team. Stan is a fantastic coach, top 5 in the nba. And for a guy to claim to be all about winning, then try to fire his coach because he challenges him and doesn't coddle him is inexcusable imo.
2 years, 8 months ago on Dwight Howard vs. Stan Van Gundy
I have totally turned against Dwight Howard now. I've forgiven him for the whole Dwight nightmare. I know making life altering decisions can be tough. But to ask for an awesome coach to be fired just because he yells at you and holds you accountable is childish and emotionally immature. Remember he didn't like Brian Hill either, so I don't think he would be pleased with any coach that would hold him accountable.
"That creates two problems: 1.) the offense takes a nosedive and 2.) the defense takes a nosedive". Lol yah the magic second unit being unable to score and stop the other team from scoring is a problem.
2 years, 9 months ago on Recap: Orlando Magic 114, Milwaukee Bucks 98
@tae To far man.
2 years, 10 months ago on Magic Basketball Weekly: Regrettably watching the Super Bowl
I sport hate Rose too. And it has nothing to do with his play on the court or his conduct off it. I hate that he STOLE the MVP award from Lebron and Dwight last year, and I hate the out of touch, behind the times sport journalists who gave him the award, and I especially hate all of his fan boys with their irrational proclamations of Rose as the NBA best player. Which is a shame because Rose is by all accounts a humble, hardworking superstar who is a good guy on and off the court.
What a mess...
2 years, 10 months ago on Reaction: Philadelphia 76ers 74, Orlando Magic 69
Honestly I'm not even watching Magic games right now. It's infuriating how little effort and heart the Magic as a team our displaying right now. It's would be one thing if the Magic were losing consistently to teams they should lose to, like the Thunder, Heat, and Bulls. But to be losing to the Gordanless Hornets, a crippled Celtics team TWICE, also rans like the 76's and pacers. It just disgraceful, plain disgraceful.
It's also really disappointing that Dwight Howard is giving up so easily. Since when is an all star player effort level dependent on his teammates? Dwight often talks about wanting to be one of the greatest players ever, but great champion's like Jordan and Russel never ever gave up on the court. I expect more from Dwight.
2 years, 10 months ago on Recap: Philadelphia 76ers 74, Orlando Magic 69
Disgraceful. I think that is the appropriate word for the Magic's performance tonight.
2 years, 11 months ago on Preview: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics
Well I guess this settles the whole asinine debate on who is the best center in the NBA.
2 years, 11 months ago on Recap: Orlando Magic 92, Los Angeles Lakers 80
As the owner of both Jameer and Turk on my fantasy basketball team, I'm beyond pleased with their recent resurgence. Hopefully they can keep it up!! I didn't watch the game but looking at the boxscore I saw that Dwight played 39 mintues and finished with 5 pf's. Maybe Dwight simply can't get after players like he used because of the Magic's lack of depth. Or maybe he is somewhat checked out mentally and is playing up to his high defensive standards.
2 years, 11 months ago on Recap: Orlando Magic 96, Charlotte Bobcats 89
I often criticize Otis Smith for his many dumb moves. But Otis insisting on Ryan Anderson when he traded for Vince Carter was a brilliant decision by him. It's also interesting that John Hollinger stats point out that Dwight Howard hasn't been as effective as a defender as he has in the past. Although the sample size is too small to definitely say that Dwight best defensive days are behind him, they might be. Whether this is due to disinterest or perceived necessity is impossible to say for certain. The Magic might actually be better served if Dwight does reign back his defensive intensity and stay on the court longer because of the utter lack of legit 5's on the team. There might be a correlation between how good Dwight is defensively and how long he stays on the court. I remember when the Magic where playing the Bobcats in the first round a couple years back and Dwight was an absolute terror on defensive but seemed to have trouble staying off the pine because of foul trouble. Of course back then Magic had Gortat as a safety net, so Dwight had the luxury of only playing 20 something minutes and having the Magic win. A luxury they don't have now.
2 years, 11 months ago on Tuesday's Magic Word
Glad I watched the game, just witnessed history. Out of all the players to ever play the game and shoot ft's, Dwight now stands alone as shooting the most in the game. Pretty amazing accomplishment.
2 years, 11 months ago on Preview: Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors
Love the new feature Eddy!! Hope you keep it for the site indefinitely.
2 years, 11 months ago on Reaction: Orlando Magic 100, Charlotte Bobcats 79
I'm just going to take a wait and see approach with Howard. His flip flopping is getting ridiculous.
3 years ago on Wednesday’s Magic Word
@CarloSimone Hope can be cruel. If Dwight strings us along all year just to leave it will be even more painful.
3 years ago on Dwight Howard is open to staying with Magic
Maybe its time to eat my words. If Glenn Davis is part of the reason Dwight decides to stay in Orlando then Otis made a brilliant trade.
@Mateus Fregonassi I've been lurking at the laker's blog of silver screen and roll. And they think that the reason that the Laker's have pulled out of the Chris Paul trade is to pursue Howard. So it looks like my dream of having Pau and Bynum might be coming true. If that happens the Magic are going to have a very good team. So keeping Jrich makes sense.
3 years ago on Magic re-sign Jason Richardson
This is actually a very reasonable contract. Go Otis Smith?
"The Celtics weren’t going to miss his front-rimmed jumpers even before learning that they’d take on a player in Bass who is superior to Davis in every conceivable way." Superior in every way, if Dwight doesn't stay with the Magic, this is just a stupid trade, no way around it. Although on the bright side, I think Davis will be a better help defender than Bass, who has trouble learning defensive schemes, so there's that.
3 years ago on Reactions to the Brandon Bass-Glen Davis swap
@NJ4Life Actually Bynum PER is higher than Lopez right now. Although not a perfect stat(tends to undervalue defense), PER is a good indicator of how much a offensive contributor a player is. Plus looking at your tagline of NJ4Life I think your a bit biased lol. I can understand why you would want the trade for Howard to go through.
3 years ago on Dwight Howard’s agent in contact with Lakers, Nets, and Mavs
@JFranks4Real The number of points Bynum scored are irrelevant since he was on a championship team and was often the fourth option. Whereas Brook Lopez is on a bottom feeder team and has much more opportunities to score. Jerry Stackhouse, a borderline all star player, once averaged 29 points per game by being a shamless ball hog. Points scored per game is the most overrated stat in my opinion. Your criticism of Bynum health is a valid one though and he is much more of a injury risk than Lopez. However his upside is much, much higher than Lopez. If you look at both of the players PER Bynum actually has a higher one despite scoring less points than Lopez. Their respective PER's are: Bynum-21, Lopez-19.
Not to mention that despite being chronically injured Bynum is more athletic than Lopez and a better defender and rebounder than Lopez. It's not unprecedented for a center to have chronic injury problems early on in their career but then stay relatively healthy later on. For example Big Z has had career threatening foot injuries early on in his career but then later went on to have a productive and relatively injury free career.
Brook Lopez has had a chance to be a focal point of a team's offensive and is almost 24. I think for the most part he is what he is. A good finesse center with limited defensive and rebounding skills. Whereas Bynum has never really had a chance to be the man and the focal point of a team's offensive and is just about the same age as Lopez. I rather take Bynum's considerable upside and shaky health then Lopez limited upside and solid health.
@Aphillip712 Bynum by a long shot, when he is healthy he is a dominating center. Right now he is a more skilled offensive player than Dwight, and I can see him averaging 25 and 12 if everything comes together for him. Of course he could also get injured and prove an albatross on our cap space. But I would rather risk greatness than accept mediocrity. Which is what Lopez would guarantee. Also getting Pau in a trade as well as Bynum isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Of course that realm of possibility slams shut if the Lakers manage to push through the Chris Paul trade. Otis smith is by all accounts a nice man and a man of good moral character. However as a GM he is incompetent. Harsh words I knew but the way the organization has been run the past two years I really can't blame Dwight for leaving. And out of all the stupid things he has done in the past two years, not trading for Bynum and Pau or Odom has to be near the top of the list. As of now that is the only trade available for the Magic that would give us cap flexibility and the chance to contend.
A starting lineup of Bynum, Pau, Quinton, Richardson, and Jameer is one of the best in the league. And even with the stupid trade of Bass for Glen we would still have the best front court in the NBA with Ryan as a super sub. And even if things don't work out Pau would be very easy to trade away for young players and picks. It's unbelievable that Otis can't see this. When Dwight leaves I hope somebody finally fires this architect of disaster.
Although I'm disappointed that Howard is leaving the Magic, I'm trying to keep things in perspective. If it wasn't for Howard and that magical finals run we might not have a new state of the art arena. If we didn't get that arena the Magic would of probably relocated somewhere else. So it could be much worse as fans in Seattle can attest to. Honestly in some ways I'm going to enjoy watching the Magic more now. For the past several years I had championship expectations for my teams and was bitterly disappointed when they failed to meet them. Now that those burdens are gone, I can just sit back and enjoy rooting for my hometown team and enjoying the pleasures of professional basketball.
@erivera7@Mateus Fregonassi If trading for Davis convinces Howard to stay then the trade would be well worth it despite the fact that the Magic are paying more for less with Davis. But really, is anyone else besides Magic management think Dwight is going to stay. If he wanted to stay he could stop all of the speculation with a single press conference. Maybe I'm a pessimist but that press conference is not going to happen.
Dwight is gone, the sooner Otis realizes that, the sooner the Magic can start rebuilding. If Otis was smart, he would get on a phone and trade Dwight now for some combination of Bynum, Pau, and Odom for Howard and Turk. I'm going to be livid if Dwight ends up walking for nothing or we get 25 cents on a dollar on a horrible sign and trade.
3 years ago on Magic trade Brandon Bass for Glen Davis
Goodbye Gilbert, I'm not even mad at you. The poor man did try his best, it's had to play basketball when you have arthritis in your knee. I save my scorn for Otis, he should of known better.
3 years ago on Magic waive Gilbert Arenas
What in the world is Otis doing? Furthermore what is Dwight doing? I suppose were hanging on to Dwight for the rest of the season and hoping that he stays. So many questions, so little answers. Has Dwight had a change of heart since yesterday? Is there real substance to the tampering charges with New Jersey thus making a trade there impossible? Or has Otis simply lost his mind and is now grasping at straws? What a soap opera.
Looks like the other shoe has dropped, ESPN is reporting that Dwight Howard's representation is going to ask for a trade to the Nets. The report states that the Nets are prepared to offer Brook Lopez and two first round picks plus cap relief by taking Hedo's horrid contract. That is an absolutely terrible deal. Brook Lopez is a center that can't rebound or defend the pick and roll effectively. The Magic would turn into the new Warriors with Lopez replacing Howard. Opposing teams would take turns using the Magic defense as a turnstile to the hoop. If the Magic are really blowing up the team and going into full rebuilding mode, then the better play would be to trade Howard to the Clippers who can offer a much more attractive package of picks and developing players. Of course Howard can veto that deal by refusing to sign with the Clippers, so really I think Otis only sensible move at this point is to try and get Bynum and Pau or Bynum and Odom for Howard and Hedo cap killing contract. I highly doubt that Dwight would veto a trade to the Lakers. As outlined in my previous post, trading with the Lakers at least give the Magic franchise hope for contending in the coming years.
Right now I'm sad. In my head I know it was highly improbable that Dwight would resign with the Magic, but to see it finalizes hurts. End of an era.
3 years ago on Thursday's Magic Word
Now that Paul to Laker's deal has been nixed I think it behooves the magic to trade Howard to the Laker's as soon as possible. Looking at the now dead deal, the Lakers were ready to decimate their front court for a superstar player by essentially trading away their PF position. I think the Magic should demand Pau and Bynum for Howard and Hedo. After amnestying Gilbert the Magic would actually be free of contractual dead weight for the first time in years. A starting lineup of Jameer, Jason, Quinton, Pau, and Bynum actually looks quite good on paper. In addition to that Ryan and Brandon would be tremendous substitutes and provide the Magic with the best front court in the NBA. The Magic wouldn't be championship favorites, but they would certainly be in the mix. Looking at the surprising run of the Grizzilies last year, it's clear to me that brute force and size can still be an effective tactic in today's perimeter oriented game.
Totally agree with your assertions. Especially about Monta Ellis being way overrated.
3 years ago on The nitty gritty on Dwight Howard’s future