My name is Philip, I am a law student at the University of Florida and lead editor for Orlando Magic Daily and Rise Northwestern. I also contribute to Crossover Chronicles and Delany's Dozen.
@JohnMerrifield I think with Bennett he had a lot of potential. I did not see him as a No.1 pick player either, but the guy can score. The problem with him is that he is a tweener. At 6-foot-8, he is too small to play power forward which is really what he was best at UNLV. I thought his post game was really refined but he hung around the perimeter a bit too much. Clearly, the offseason shoulder injury really hurt him and put him out of shape. It will be interesting to see if he can get himself into shape with a full offseason of working out. For now, Cavs should probably get him playing time in the D-League and keep his confidence up.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Anthony Bennett, and the slow start for the 2013 Draft class
@Sustainable Parameters Why Perkins? How does he fit what the Magic are trying to do right now?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on 25 Years of Magic: Foot on the line
@DexterPeeples Orlando does have issues. And these points are valid ones. However the city and county are using the Tourist Development Tax to fund this project (along with extra funds for DPAC and Citrus Bowl renovations). The Tourist Development Tax can only be used to promote tourism in the county. This is a state directive, otherwise they will not release the tax to the county.
I agree, the city should use these funds for education and first responders. These are points that were brought up in yesterday's meeting. However, the political reality (and legal reality) is they cannot.
I will be writing on this topic and yesterday's news later on today.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on City, County agree to funding for Orlando soccer stadium
@JustinWr I do not know about that. I think the Cavs might be a Playoff team if Bynum can stay healthy. Plus Irving is a bona fide star. Cavs have their centerpiece in place, in my opinion. Magic are still looking for theirs.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Victor Oladipo apologizes to Cleveland for his 'playful banter'
@ChesyP Yeah, Vinny always seems to get a raw deal (got a raw deal in Chicago too). But, when people clamor to get rid of a coach, everyone asks who out there is better to replace him? In this case, I think the Clippers found someone who was better to replace him. If this deal was in the works for that long, Rivers seems to be a significant upgrade.
6 months, 1 week ago on Everyone agrees Doc Rivers will be excellent for Clippers
@WildWilli I agree, you can't wait for something to happen. But you also have to pick the right time to strike. The mistake the Magic made in 2010 was trying to force a move and getting stuck with bad contracts. Flexibility remains the key for the Magic (and all teams, really if they are smart). I don't think Davis and Afflalo are enough to get a star player like Aldridge or Love. Better to be patient and see how the talent grows together and see what the Draft can yield.
If the right deal comes along though, you go for it. If the Wolves or Blazers would do that deal, then you probably should break off your plans and go for it.
7 months ago on Harold Ellis sees Magic improving, slim chance for Afflalo trade
@WildWilli It feels like the Magic are happy (relatively) with their power forward situation right now. Like Ellis said, this season is still about growth. If they really gel and make the Playoffs, great. If they don't, then as long as the young players are growing and improving it is not the end of the world.
I think Harris fits better as a power forward. Griffin will not be available in a trade. I don't think Afflalo and Baby are enough to get a star like Love or Aldridge. And I don't think the Magic and Heat will deal with each other because they are int he same division.
Last thing though, don't expect the Magic to make a deal at this stage to get a big-name veteran. Magic want to build their roster organically. They are still collecting assets to do this. They want some young guys to have in their main core. And then maybe they use some of those assets to bring in a bigger name player.
@slapdoghoops I think that is a little unfair analysis of Penny Hardaway. He was actually very good without Shaq. Not winning a championship on his own good, but still very good. Look what he did in the 1997 Playoffs. He scored 42 points and 41 points in Games 3 and 4 against a very good Heat team to stave off elimination.
Penny fell off because his legs gave out on him. Injuries sapped him of everything.
7 months ago on Ronnie Price officially wearing No. 10
@slapdoghoops The starting lineup is going to be very fluid throughout the entire season. I am beginning to think we will see a Nelson-Oladipo-Afflalo lineup at some point. Not a lot of depth at small forward. Then again, wins are not really the point. We will see plenty of Oladipo, particularly later in the season.
7 months ago on Carding Victor Oladipo
Where is the clip of someone kicking the ball from the infield into a pipe in center field?
7 months, 1 week ago on A glorious Tom Emanski kickball parody exists
@KevinOnCFB I really enjoyed The Lights. I don't think NBCSN has done a good job promoting. It is not on long enough in the mornings (ending its run once Dan Patrick starts). NBCSN just seems very disorganized with what it wants to do as a sports channel.
8 months, 1 week ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
@johnbn2unc Not yet. I am just getting back into doing it regularly. For now, I will post them directly on the Web site. I will look into posting them onto iTunes (was using Blog Talk Radio beforehand).
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 8: Talking Ben McLemore with Jayhawk Sports Network's Josh Klingler
@CUbsfan Medill F for me, thanks!
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Small is big for Wade, Heat in Game 4 win
@UsernameAlvin I think Ginobili can certainly do a lot of those "other" things. He is still a great passer and the offense flows really well when he is on the floor. But a lot of that effectiveness is stunted when he is unable to score or even make 3-pointers at a decent clip. If defenses can lay off him, it is more difficult for him to get in the paint with defenses laying off him. He has to make 3-pointers and get out on the break for easy buckets to take advantage of everything he can offer.
9 months ago on Manu no longer the threat he used to be
So she is pretty much Robin Sherbatsky anchoring, "Come on, New York, wake up!"
9 months, 1 week ago on News anchor and meteorologist can't stop bickering
@ejwestksu I believe they gave McGrady a little more money because they could not get Duncan. But the Magic did have the cap room that summer to sign all three, if my memory serves me correctly.
9 months, 1 week ago on More than a decade later, Duncan's decision still paying off
@BermudezLuis That is what gives me pause about Noel. Especially since the Magic as an organization spent an entire year trying to avoid the Shaq mistake. I doubt they go around trying to repeat the Grant Hill misstep.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Piecing the Magic together | May | 2013 Articles
@Nox_Caelum I think a lot of fans want that and the Magic would love to collect more assets (particularly 2014 draft picks). I just do not think there are many teams super excited to trade up in this draft. At least, right now.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on A point guard on the horizon? | May | 2013 Articles
@Mookie121001 In fairness to Shawn Kemp, he has really turned his life around. As you can see he lost a ton of that weight he gained. He is active in the Seattle community and owns a restaurant in downtown Seattle. He, from what I understand from a couple of recent SI articles, is on good terms with one of children's mother and is doing right by as many of his kids as he can.
10 months ago on Macklemore does not want his music pumping up the Thunder
Generally I don't think Macklemore's "music" should be pumped through arenas anyway. My ears hurt just thinking about it.