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.
7 months, 2 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?
9 months, 2 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.
10 months, 1 week 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.
11 months, 2 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.
11 months, 3 weeks 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago on Carding Victor Oladipo
Where is the clip of someone kicking the ball from the infield into a pipe in center field?
1 year 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.
1 year, 1 month 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).
1 year, 2 months ago on Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 8: Talking Ben McLemore with Jayhawk Sports Network's Josh Klingler
@CUbsfan Medill F for me, thanks!
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 2 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!"
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 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.
@cazzbaa Whether God exists or not is a personal question. Whether you agree with that or not, religion is part of the human condition. The question is how you define your personal beliefs and how you live together with those that both believe in the same set of beliefs or don't.
1 year, 3 months ago on Jason Collins comes out as first gay athlete in major American pro sports
@bailey83 @delashmit I would only add that Rodman is meeting Kim on his terms and with nothing to offer. Kim has stepped up his aggressive rhetoric against the U.S. and that will not bring anyone to the table. Perhaps the U.S. is a bit like a bully in the sandbox unwilling to share their "toys" but when those toys are missiles that would endanger civilian lives, you proceed with caution.
I would also point out that it is not entirely President Obama's fault that nothing has gotten done in government. Congress is equally to blame for the standstill in Washington.
Thank god we have sports where things are much simpler!
Thank you guys for your comments.
1 year, 3 months ago on Self-made "diplomat" Dennis Rodman rips President Obama on North Korea
@lamarr1231 The good news about a story like this is that it also opens up discussions about the role of religion in our lives and the lives of others. I am someone who staunchly believes that religion is a personal choice and that I have no right to tell you what to believe or that your way of believing (or not believing) in God is right or wrong. Again, hopefully comments in this thread and comments like the ones expressed by Chris Broussard and LZ Granderson (two men with very very different beliefs on this issue and what their supposedly same religion says about it) only foster to open up discussion.
1 year, 4 months ago on Jason Collins comes out as first gay athlete in major American pro sports
@KennyOlivero @Tobias2772 @cindyswilson Civil rights are an issue that are always important no matter what else is going on in society. As Jason Collins says in his essay for Sports Illustrated, it took him 33 years really to come to terms with who he is and what being gay means. No amount of money is going to make him feel comfortable if he cannot be true to himself. That is what this -- and really the whole political debate is about.
I would like to point out another thing Collins said. He hoped that by doing this he would not only find his own inner peace, but also spark conversations just like this. That is the beauty of this country and our society. You, me, Tobias and others may disagree with Cindy's advice, but I respect that she is trying to help (albeit in a perhaps misguided way). There is an interesting sociology at work in this with how the sports world reacts to this.
You, and others, are right: this should not be a big deal. Hopefully one day it will not. Today, though, what Collins did matters for a lot of people struggling with their identity and looking for their place in society -- a society that is becoming more accepting but still denies them many of the rights they feel should naturally be theirs.
Again, having the discussion is the most important thing right now. I am glad we are able to provide a small forum for that here.
Thank you for your comment.
@cindyswilson We are going to have to agree to disagree on this point.
If Jason is comfortable with who he is as a person and how that relates to his faith (if that matters at all to him), that is most important. He can deal with whatever spiritual consequences there are with who he is as a person later (and being gay is NOT a choice in my opinion, but that is a point that can be debated perhaps).
What is important is that he feels the freedom to be himself and that he is happy. Ultimately that is what this is about. Faith is a personal endeavor. If he can find peace in being who he is -- a gay man -- and with his religion, then he is walking the right path for him. It is better than living a lie.
No matter your opinion on gay rights, I am glad that you can feel happy that he has come to terms with who he is and his comfort with being who he believe he is rather than hiding and being something that he is not.
Thank you for your comment.
@Impaler Thanks for the correction, don't know how we missed that.
1 year, 4 months ago on DeRozan guarantees playoffs for Raptors next year
@816creative I would not characterize it as an area SVG failed. After all, SVG helped develop J.J. Redick and Courtney Lee. The focus was different. Right now, the Magic are looking to develop young players. Wins are not nearly as important. With Van Gundy, he needed to win and so the young players had to gain his trust that they could execute. Right now, Magic are willing to accept mistakes in games.
It is absolutely the right decision for this team though.
1 year, 5 months ago on Al Harrington done for the year? | March | 2013 Articles
@CUbsfan Wow, good catch! I feel like an idiot.
1 year, 5 months ago on Confidence the key for Damian Lillard
@CUbsfan I guess it did not come across as clear as it should have. Sorry about that.
1 year, 6 months ago on Hawks and Jazz found Playoffs to valuable to lose
@mumansky We would all love MLS to matter, but it is a minor league sport in this country. There is no other way to describe it. You applaud NBCSN for carrying it and featuring it, but it is not a strong enough sport in the U.S. to be an anchor.
1 year, 6 months ago on Page 2 | Looking Back At NBC Sports Network's Lack Of Growth | February | 2013
@james wong Sorry about that! Unfortunately to embed the video using the CSN player, it does that automatically. We try not to do it when possible. We will keep searching for video that works! Thanks for reading!
1 year, 6 months ago on Video: Ladies and gentleman, a frustrated coach Collins
The tweet is from last year. lol
1 year, 6 months ago on All-Star event lineups set tonight | February | 2013 Articles
Nicholson's lack of playing time is extremely puzzling. He still has a long way to go defensively and I think the Magic are trying to desperately get back in the Playoff race. They are also possibly trying to showcase Glen Davis to increase his trade value. But Nicholson has already shown himself to be a great defensive player.
I would preach some patience with the rookies. I think Nicholson will see his playing time increase and become more consistent after the trade deadline. The roster will be a bit more settled then and the season will (likely) be more about developing young players like Nicholson and Maurice Harkless.
Also remember, the NBA season is much longer than the college season. I get the sense, Jacque Vaughn is trying to pace the rookies and keep them "fresh" so to speak so they can succeed when they enter the game.
1 year, 7 months ago on Magic go cold in 4th to Nets | January | 2013 Articles
@mikeyho Yes, J.J. started tonight. Not as hot as he was Tuesday though.
1 year, 7 months ago on Magic Wands: vs. Raptors | January | 2013 Articles
@RCognition Good catch on Vucevic. I think we see his rebounding numbers and see how he rebounds and assume he is doing all right defensively. But you are right, his pick and roll defense is not up to par yet. That is probably why the Magic do so much switching late in games. Rather give up the jumper over Vucevic than the chaos of a free drive through the lane off the pick and roll.
1 year, 7 months ago on Magic defense just plain foul | January | 2013 Articles
@LaurenceZ @MTH Actually the trade exception expires one year after it is created. So the Magic will have it through August 10, 2013. So they don't have to use it at the deadline. They could wait until Draft night. And then Hedo and Al might be more valuable.
Yes, the Magic would have to take back some contracts to get rid of some of their bad deals. But if they get a younger player that could develop into a future asset, that could be better for the team than having a veteran like Harrington and Turkoglu sitting around.
1 year, 7 months ago on Early trade deadline musings | January | 2013 Articles
@matt terry Yes, Davis has clearly become the key to the defense. He just knows where he needs to be on the floor, especially when helping on the weak side. The thing I have noticed is that the helper has been late getting back to help the helper. That is rotations that you learn how to do with experience.
For a guy like Andrew Nicholson. Yeah, he still needs to work on his defense and his rebounding has been disappointing. A lot of it might be the speed of the game. he (and he is not the only one) are just rotating a step slow.
1 year, 7 months ago on Magic's defense once bright, now a fading light | December | 2012 Articles
@MTH It was definitely frustrating at the end of the game. With a 3-point deficit, the options are obviously limited. The last few games, I have been confused/frustrated that Vaughn did not call a timeout immediately and let 10-15 seconds run off while the team struggled to get into the offense. That was the bigger problem in my eyes as, again, that limits options.
For the most part, every team in the NBA knows what each other is running. There are not very many surprises in this league.
All in all, the Magic got a great look for Vucevic to tie the game on that broken play. It is a bit out of his range, but a very makeable shot for him. The defense was the issue against the Hornets.
1 year, 8 months ago on Magic's defense lets down as Hornets snap 11-game skid | December | 2012 Articles
@MTH I think we are all curious what direction the Magic will go. I think the decision on Redick and what Orlando decides with him will begin setting all of that in motion. I honestly do not know what the Magic will do with him. I think he has a lot of value for this franchise's future, but you don't want to overpay for him. No clue what he will get in the market.
As for Harrington. We do not publicly know when he will be back. But he is a stretch-4. Would be a big boost right now with Davis out.
1 year, 8 months ago on J.J. Redick increases his value, leaving Magic with tough decision | December | 2012 Articles
I have believed for a while now that ESPN needs some competition. They know they are the monopoly and everyone has to turn to them so they appeal to the lowest common denominator -- the casual fan -- because the everyday fan will watch them no matter what. It makes me really hopeful that NBC puts its weight behind NBCSN and make it a true competitor. ESPN might be too big for it though.
1 year, 9 months ago on ESPN's journalistic integrity coming under close examination
@Ianrnolan Trading Davis is easier said than done. He still has two years left on his deal after this one. Going to be tough to move him. Redick seems more likely to be moved. The Magic want to create a winning culture while maintaining draft position. It is a very awkward position for the franchise and fans.
I think as the season goes on, we will see the rookies get more playing time. I have not talked to a single person who does not think Nicholson will make it in the league and have a role in this team's future. We all really like his game. His post game is really developed and he is really smart with the ball. Right now, for him, it is about increasing his strength and getting used to the speed of the game. He will get there and I think he will be part of the full rotation probably by the All-Star break at the latest.
1 year, 9 months ago on Crash course begins for Magic rookies
@Ianrnolan Appreciate you coming on board. I have spoken to a lot of St. Bonaventure fans and even some Norfolk State fans (for Kyle O'Quinn) and they are excited to see their alums play in the NBA.
I would say be patient. Nicholson is going to get more playing time as the season goes on. Jacque Vaughn, as I mentioned in this post, is trying to bring the rookies along slowly and build their confidence by playing them in situations where they can succeed. Trust me, Magic fans are frustrated that Maurice Harkless, who is apparently ready to play, has not stepped on the court yet after his injury. Vaughn does not want to throw people out there before they are ready.
Nicholson has done a lot that is really good. He is a really smart post player and has good court sense. He needs to increase his strength, but that comes in the course of a season and offseason. Nicholson's defense and post defense has really impressed me so far. He is really smart in how he uses his weight and leverage to battle down low. I suspect we will see Nicholson's minutes increase as the season goes on. He got into the game during the first half last night in Chicago and his role is slowly expanding. He has pushed Josh McRoberts to the three in the Magic's rotation. Vaughn is trying to get him out there.
I have to say, the Bulls-Heat 1 game issue last year was really interesting. The writers found new aspects of the game to cover. It is an interesting experiment. I think ESPN the Magazine is is trying to distinguish it some from Sports Illustrated. They might be competing for a different kind of magazine reader.
1 year, 10 months ago on ESPN will devote an entire magazine issue to LSU-Alabama this year
@Florida Fred That is a really good question Fred. J.J. is younger and has a lot more value at this point. It seems like he will fit in better with any system.
2 years, 2 months ago on Decision day for Jameer Nelson delayed | June
Adding to this story... Alex Martins was named the Most Powerful person in Orlando by Orlando Magazine.
2 years, 2 months ago on Alex Martins focus of new fan scrutiny | June
@Michael Rogner Oh, cool. Less work for me. Was curious about this year's numbers rather than just working off of the 2008 numbers.
2 years, 2 months ago on Stats class: understanding height | June
Don't see if he has updated those number from 2008. Anyone have any idea how Pomeroy did his methodology?
@slapdoghoops The Nets package does not wow me. At this point, if the Magic are going to lose him, they will take the Jazz's route and get as much as they can. While I don't think the team can trade him to Los Angeles for public relations reasons, the Lakers might have the best package to offer. I am especially intrigued by this three-team trade rumor circulating with Milwaukee. Adding Bogut is interesting... maybe more interesting than Bynum. The Magic have to be willing to listen at this point... that is all.
2 years, 9 months ago on Here It Comes... Howard Rumors Swirling | December
What? No love for Penny? I kid, I kid. But if I am Shaq, I don't expect Kobe to return the compliment... of any kind.
2 years, 9 months ago on Shaq Proclaims Kobe To Be 'Greatest Laker Of All' And Not In Jest | November
@Lives Uh-oh, dare I respond. Send me an e-mail guys (email@example.com) and I would be happy to chat. Or send me an offer, I will be sure Otis gets it the next time I see him. Let's get these games going!
2 years, 9 months ago on Magic Wands: Not Lockout Day 1 (vs. Raptors) | November