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@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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Anthony Bennett, and the slow start for the 2013 Draft class

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@Sustainable Parameters Why Perkins? How does he fit what the Magic are trying to do right now?

8 months, 1 week ago on 25 Years of Magic: Foot on the line

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@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.

9 months ago on City, County agree to funding for Orlando soccer stadium

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@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.

10 months, 1 week ago on Victor Oladipo apologizes to Cleveland for his 'playful banter'

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@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.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Everyone agrees Doc Rivers will be excellent for Clippers

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@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.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Harold Ellis sees Magic improving, slim chance for Afflalo trade

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@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.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Harold Ellis sees Magic improving, slim chance for Afflalo trade

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@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.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Ronnie Price officially wearing No. 10

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@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.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Carding Victor Oladipo

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Where is the clip of someone kicking the ball from the infield into a pipe in center field?

11 months, 3 weeks ago on A glorious Tom Emanski kickball parody exists

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@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 ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter

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@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 ago on Orlando Magic Daily Podcast Episode 8: Talking Ben McLemore with Jayhawk Sports Network's Josh Klingler

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@CUbsfan Medill F for me, thanks!

1 year, 1 month ago on Small is big for Wade, Heat in Game 4 win

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@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, 1 month ago on Manu no longer the threat he used to be

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So she is pretty much Robin Sherbatsky anchoring, "Come on, New York, wake up!"

1 year, 1 month ago on News anchor and meteorologist can't stop bickering

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@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, 1 month ago on More than a decade later, Duncan's decision still paying off

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 @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, 2 months ago on Piecing the Magic together | May | 2013 Articles

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 @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, 2 months ago on A point guard on the horizon? | May | 2013 Articles

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 @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, 2 months ago on Macklemore does not want his music pumping up the Thunder

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Generally I don't think Macklemore's "music" should be pumped through arenas anyway. My ears hurt just thinking about it.

1 year, 2 months ago on Macklemore does not want his music pumping up the Thunder

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 @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, 2 months ago on Jason Collins comes out as first gay athlete in major American pro sports

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 @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, 2 months ago on Self-made "diplomat" Dennis Rodman rips President Obama on North Korea

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 @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, 2 months ago on Jason Collins comes out as first gay athlete in major American pro sports

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@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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Jason Collins comes out as first gay athlete in major American pro sports

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 @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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Jason Collins comes out as first gay athlete in major American pro sports

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 @Impaler Thanks for the correction, don't know how we missed that.

1 year, 3 months ago on DeRozan guarantees playoffs for Raptors next year

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 @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, 4 months ago on Al Harrington done for the year? | March | 2013 Articles

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 @CUbsfan Wow, good catch! I feel like an idiot.

1 year, 4 months ago on Confidence the key for Damian Lillard

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 @CUbsfan I guess it did not come across as clear as it should have. Sorry about that.

1 year, 4 months ago on Hawks and Jazz found Playoffs to valuable to lose

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 @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, 4 months ago on Page 2 | Looking Back At NBC Sports Network's Lack Of Growth | February | 2013

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 @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, 4 months ago on Video: Ladies and gentleman, a frustrated coach Collins

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The tweet is from last year. lol

1 year, 5 months ago on All-Star event lineups set tonight | February | 2013 Articles

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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, 5 months ago on Magic go cold in 4th to Nets | January | 2013 Articles

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 @mikeyho Yes, J.J. started tonight. Not as hot as he was Tuesday though.

1 year, 5 months ago on Magic Wands: vs. Raptors | January | 2013 Articles

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 @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, 6 months ago on Magic defense just plain foul | January | 2013 Articles

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 @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, 6 months ago on Early trade deadline musings | January | 2013 Articles

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 @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, 6 months ago on Magic's defense once bright, now a fading light | December | 2012 Articles

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 @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, 6 months ago on Magic's defense lets down as Hornets snap 11-game skid | December | 2012 Articles

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 @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, 7 months ago on J.J. Redick increases his value, leaving Magic with tough decision | December | 2012 Articles

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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, 8 months ago on ESPN's journalistic integrity coming under close examination

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 @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, 8 months ago on Crash course begins for Magic rookies

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 @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.

1 year, 8 months ago on Crash course begins for Magic rookies

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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, 8 months ago on ESPN will devote an entire magazine issue to LSU-Alabama this year

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 @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, 1 month ago on Decision day for Jameer Nelson delayed | June

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Adding to this story... Alex Martins was named the Most Powerful person in Orlando by Orlando Magazine.

2 years, 1 month ago on Alex Martins focus of new fan scrutiny | June

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 @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, 1 month ago on Stats class: understanding height | June

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Don't see if he has updated those number from 2008. Anyone have any idea how Pomeroy did his methodology?

2 years, 1 month ago on Stats class: understanding height | June

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@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, 7 months ago on Here It Comes... Howard Rumors Swirling | December

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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, 7 months ago on Shaq Proclaims Kobe To Be 'Greatest Laker Of All' And Not In Jest | November

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@Lives Uh-oh, dare I respond. Send me an e-mail guys (omagicdaily@gmail.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, 7 months ago on Magic Wands: Not Lockout Day 1 (vs. Raptors) | November

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@Magician1378 Details of the deal are still being slowly leaked out and released. But it appears there is a one-time amnesty provision and the stretch provision. I will definitely be reviewing how the Magic will use these provisions in the next few weeks!

2 years, 7 months ago on WE HAVE A SEASON | November

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@Jeff Fox I think the sense is that Shaq and Penny were not around long enough to get the honor. Or if they do have their jerseys retired they should not be the first ones to have it. I get the sense that if Dwight Howard stays, his jersey would be first or that everyone would feel more comfortable honoring the previous generation with the current generation cemented. It is tough to say. Nick Anderson was with the team for 10, Darrell Armstrong for eight. Howard has been here for seven. And there are a lot fonder memories of them and their departures. It is a big debate here in Orlando.

2 years, 8 months ago on Dwight Howard Is Right, Magic Should Retire Penny Hardaway's Number | November

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Revisionist history is starting to take control with the Magic. I think Magic fans are much more appreciative of both Hardaway and Tracy McGrady, two No. 1s who left on bad terms. I think we have come to really appreciate how good those two players were while wearing a Magic jersey.

We have had the debate numerous times -- Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post did a great series on who should have their jersey retired a few years ago -- and I think Penny falls just short. He was not around long enough to get the honor. He was great for those four years, but they were just four years.

It would be great to see Penny return to the franchise in some way and to Orlando more often. It sucked how long it took the franchise to bring Nick Anderson back home. If Penny wants back in, they have to find a place for him.

2 years, 8 months ago on Dwight Howard Is Right, Magic Should Retire Penny Hardaway's Number | November

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There is one way that a Big Ten bowl would be forced to pick Penn State. As far as I understand it, the Big Ten does not allow a 6-6 team to jump a 7-5 team unless the 7-5 team can land in a Big Ten bowl. So if the Wildcats and the Boilermakers finish 6-6, only one could jump Penn State. Penn State would still get a shot at the Little Caesars Bowl at the worst.

2 years, 8 months ago on Could Scandal Lead To A Bowl-Less Postseason For Penn State? | November

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@ZynAbila You too Zyn! Thanks for sticking with the Magic. There is quite a Magic nation out there!

2 years, 8 months ago on An International Perspective | November

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Thanks! Trying to pass the time... wish I could write about, you know, actual games. Or offseason moves. You know, basketball.

2 years, 8 months ago on Never-Ending NBA Preview: Passing of the Lakers Guard | October

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Obama may not do anything. But remember, the players have an unfair labor practices complaint still under review with the National Labor Relations Board. The case has been reviewed at the district level and the main board in Washington D.C. might still issue a complaint. If that happens, that means the NLRB will end the lockout until they can determine whether an unfair labor practice has occurred. So there is a chance the government could end this thing. Nobody seems to know what the NLRB might do... and they also might not make a decision for a while. You know how government works.

2 years, 9 months ago on At What Point Does Barack Obama Get Involved In The Lockout? | October

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@CollegeWolf@coach henry And everyone forgets what role the agents and the rank-and-file play in this. As Fisher and the agents continually remind us, the body of the union still has to approve whatever deal gets made. The longer this thing goes, the worse deal the players are going to get. Losing games is the owner's biggest weapon.

2 years, 9 months ago on Lengthened Stoppage Tests Players Commitment To Union, Selves | October

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@slapdoghoops That is exactly what this is. Stuff does not get figured out until deadlines. So if we don't have anything soon, we might be in it for the long haul.

2 years, 10 months ago on Report: NBA Will Cancel First Two Weeks Of Preseason | September

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@slapdoghoops Honestly, I think the two sides are closer than they are letting on. There is a lot going on behind the scenes that we just don't know about. But time is definitely running out. We have maybe another two weeks before the regular season gets in jeopardy.

2 years, 10 months ago on Report: NBA Will Cancel First Two Weeks Of Preseason | September

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@slapdoghoops

The Magic and Stan Van Gundy are partially to blame for Arenas not fitting in. They had to add him in on the fly and he was not the type of player that fits the Magic's style. It was a horribly thought out move.

But really Arenas' problem was his health. He was not healthy the entire year and he let himself get out of shape during his 50-game suspension. There is hope (some at least) that he has been working to keep himself in shape during the lockout. We won't know until camps open.

2 years, 10 months ago on Magic Among Most Reckless Franchises | September

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There were times with both Vince and Gilbert that I began to believe that Stan Van Gundy just could not adjust his offense around Dwight to a guy that needs the ball in his hands as much as Vince or Gilbert do. Van Gundy has to make some more adjustments, and part of that is simply trusting Arenas more. He did not trust him very much last year. But, I agree, for Arenas to be successful he has to be given some freedom (and get healthy).

2 years, 10 months ago on Cost/Efficiency Analysis: Shooting Guards | September

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@slapdoghoops Anything not to talk about the lockout man. Anything not to talk about the lockout.

2 years, 10 months ago on Is This The 2012 All-Star Logo? | August

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I really like the logo, but this is apparently not the logo. Talk to Amway Center's Twitter this morning. They are either master deflectors or good at making me sad.

2 years, 10 months ago on Is This The 2012 All-Star Logo? | August

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The headline was more of a joke to make it Magic-centric. I completely agree. The owners knew they were giving guaranteed contracts for four or five years to a lot of players who were not consistent -- Abdul-Wahad definitely being one of them. The owners liked this deal in 1999, they screwed it up for themselves.

2 years, 10 months ago on Blame Magic For Lockout | August

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Three words: Robert "Tractor" Traylor. Rest in peace.

2 years, 11 months ago on The 4 Jerseys You gotta Have For Every Team. Day 10: Milwaukee | August

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I am as much of a Jameer supporter as you can find. I think he needs to be more aggressive and look to score more. That is what he did in 2009. Part of me feels he does not completely trust his shoulder every night or he tries to defer to make everyone happy.

Honestly, that might be the problem with the Magic. They have a lot of guys who are unselfish. They are really unselfish to a fault. Rashard Lewis was solid, but he started deferring to Vince Carter when he arrived and his production tailspinned. Carter never got comfortable and seemed happy to pass too much too. Turkoglu is good, but his focus goes in and out and he is not always looking to score.

I think some of the criticism toward Nelson is a little unwarranted. His assist numbers were the highest of his career this year. But that is not his game. He is a scorer.

Are there better point guards out there? Absolutely. But is Nelson so bad, not entirely. So long as Dwight is behind him, his defense is passable. The real question you have to ask is whether Nelson is the right point guard to lead a team to a championship. That really has yet to be answered because he missed the 2009 Playoffs.

2 years, 11 months ago on Cost/Efficiency Analysis: Point Guards | August

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He needs to carry around his Dora the Explorer backpack again. Or have Dora the Explorer carry around a Blake Griffin backpack.

2 years, 11 months ago on Blake Griffin The Comedic Intern | August

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Honestly I was surprised Amway Center did not make it higher on these lists. What it lacks in history and charm, it makes up for in a soft-serve ice cream machine and Budweiser tap in the media room. Oh, yeah, and all those super nice amenities and ridiculously large scoreboard.

2 years, 11 months ago on Did Your Favorite NBA Arena Make The List? | August

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I am about as much of a traditionalist as it can be with jerseys. But if it means a little extra money for the owners so they can get this lockout settled, I will sacrifice the sanctity of jerseys for it. Hopefully, this piece of revenue is getting a serious look to solve the NBA's problems.

2 years, 11 months ago on WNBA Pushes Basketball Closer To Sponsored Jerseys | August

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No Northwestern vs. Boston College? Are you not #PersaStrong?

In all honesty, I feel that should be an intriguing game and will very much determine whether Northwestern will have a special season or not. We simply do not know how healthy Persa is and how he will react in game action. This first test will help us gauge whether Northwestern is a legitimate threat to win the Legends Division.

2 years, 11 months ago on Power Ranking College Football's Top 25 Games of the Opening Weekend | College

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@mtv addict@CollegeWolf His NBA body of work is probably not enough to get him into the Hall of Fame. But you have to remember that it is the Basketball Hall of Fame and not the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. If you take into account what he did at St. John's, where he averaged 19.5 points per game and was the Wooden Award winner in 1985 and his bid gets a little clearer.

He was a bit of a stretch, I agree.

2 years, 11 months ago on Profile of a Hall of Famer: Chris Mullin | August

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I am sure everyone is going to want to put a lot of stock in tomorrow's result (especially after what Mexico did the last time). But without Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey on the field, the result means very very little. The friendly is going to be a feeling out process with lots of young guys getting their chance... and DaMarcus Beasley.

I am really interested to see how Klinsman puts his stamp on this team over the next year and a half or so. He is learning his players as much as they are learning him and that could help them both succeed. Bob Bradley did the job he needed to do. Many of the veterans are solid technically, now they just need that spark of imagination. A more laid-back coach with experience like Klinsman could help there. It certainly will be good to see players play with a newfound sense of urgency as they try to impress the new coach.

2 years, 11 months ago on Fans- Share Your Opinions! | August

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@fupaladin2010 It is really hard to project what kind of contract anyone will get right now because of the lockout. I imagine Davis would get, at most, the full mid-level exception (which the Magic would have). But who knows if that will exist when the lockout ends.

I threw Davis and Prince's names out there as examples of guys who have been to the top of the mountain and might be guys other players on the team listen to. Prince fits the Horace Grant mold I am thinking of a lot better than any player available in free agency.

2 years, 11 months ago on Explaining the Horace Grant Theory | August

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@sjar Great points in here. I have been of the opinion that the Magic needed to bring in someone to replace Turkoglu's production with Turk surely walking. There were worse options than Vince Carter, at least on paper. Carter was not bad and, like you said, Smith did a lot of work and had a successful summer. That 2010 Magic team was very good. The Celtics were just better.

For whatever reason, Carter could not figure out how to mesh with this team. Part of it might have been age and part of it might have been him being too willing to defer. We wanted him to take over and he just couldn't, wouldn't or both.

To me, the trades in December were a little "make a move to make a move." And that is always a way to get into trouble. Smith's tenure is tied to what Howard does. If he keeps Dwight, he is all good. If not, he is definitely gone. That simple.

2 years, 11 months ago on Time to Re-Evaluate Otis Smith | August

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@CFBZ Would you be surprised if there is a double standard and Ohio State gets nothing more? The NCAA's inconsistency in penalizing schools has been the worst part of all this. What Tressell did at Ohio State is probably worse than what Carroll did at USC and USC has to sit out bowl games while Ohio State gets a slap on the wrist. There needs to be major reforms from someone here.

2 years, 11 months ago on Compliance Issues Run Deeper At Ohio State | July

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After Weisbrod left the Magic he took a scouting and assistant general manager job with the Boston Bruins. So yes, he won a Stanley Cup last year.

2 years, 12 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.orlandomagicdaily.com/2011-articles/july/mcgrady-shot-weisbrod-072111.html

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@WithMalice That is true. Monroe did put them over the top. Maybe I did not do enough research, or just thought my Dad was overblowing his impact when he talked about him. He was my Dad's favorite player growing up. You know how rebellious us kids can be.

3 years ago on Top Ten NBA Shooting Guards of All-Time | Basketball

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@TPGBlog @Jeff Fox @CollegeWolf @WithMalice I did not know what to think of Monroe. He was a great player, but his impact was not quite as large. It might be my ignorance, but I always thought of Monroe as a point guard (same with Dumars). Tough to gauge those multi-point guard backcourts.

As for Wade. He really does not get enough credit in my opinion. He is incredibly good. His health has hampered him. But if he was healthy in 2005 and possibly in 2011, he might have another ring on his finger. Like with James, I think teaming up with the Heatles is going to hide his talent.

3 years ago on Top Ten NBA Shooting Guards of All-Time | Basketball

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@brandontan Yeah Nelson has done this for the entire team on his dime the last few years. No reason to think he would not continue doing it if the lockout were not on. Nelson is very quietly the true leader of this team. Of course, that might be changing real soon.

3 years ago on Building Magic Lockout's Latest Casualty | July

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@fupaladin2010 Building off of what Andrew said, Bryant would have definitely had a career similar to a Pete Maravich or Allen Iverson if he had stayed in Charlotte. Bryant was extremely driven and self motivated. Although the Lakers eased him in his rookie year, I think he would have been able to hit the ground running.

Would he be the kind of champion he is today? No, absolutely not.

Charlotte was always taking that pick for Los Angeles though. Hard to believe what they missed out on. Might have saved that franchise in that city.

3 years ago on Livefyre conversation - http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2011-articles/july/today-in-nba-history-a-day-that-will-forever-live-in-charlotte-infamy.html

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@slapdoghoops Rakovic is interesting. We have heard very very little about him. He is a little more seasoned, but when he came over here for summer league, he has had his struggles. Will be interesting if he and Vazquez could be a good tandem to team up with/backup/replace Dwight Howard in the future.

3 years ago on What About Milan Rakovic? | June

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@slapdoghoops @ajeetakhanna If you look at the numbers when Howard and Gortat were on the floor, the defense was very solid, but the offense slowed to a stand still. It just did not work. Since neither could shoot or pass particularly well, it allowed defenses to clutter the paint and limit the room either had to operate.

3 years ago on Jeff Van Gundy Locates the Problem | June

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@ajeetakhanna Thanks! Sometimes Jeff Van Gundy does say things that make a lot of sense. The chemistry was definitely off at both points of the season (pre- and post-trade). I think a training camp would help, but it obviously would not fix every problem.

3 years ago on Jeff Van Gundy Locates the Problem | June

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@slapdoghoops Undoubtedly the Magic got worse with the trades. I don't know if Gortat and Howard would have worked well together in long stretches, Gortat's jump shooting was simply not good enough.

But Gortat was extremely valuable for those 10-15 minutes so Dwight could get some rest. He desperately needed it. The Magic definitely need that extra boost off the bench.

3 years ago on Jeff Van Gundy Locates the Problem | June

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@mikeyho If you head on over to Crossover Chronicles, I try to explain what the owner's concession over non-guaranteed contracts means. Here is the link: http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2011-articles/june/owners-giving-in-contracts-061711.html

Pretty much, the concession means nothing. The players already have guaranteed contracts and the owners are still pretty insistent on a hard salary cap. How the two go hand in hand is not going to be pretty.

I will comment on the collective bargaining agreement once it is agreed on. It might be a while.

3 years, 1 month ago on Who Is?: Andrew Goudelock | June

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@brandontan

I definitely feel like Dwight ultimately made the right decision to come to the NBA when he did. He was a tremendous success and was put in a situation where he could grow. Critics have been impatient, but he has definitely gotten there.

He does need the pieces around him now. He single-handedly made Orlando a top-five defensive team. Just unbelievable.

3 years, 1 month ago on Would Howard Have Learned More in College? | June

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@brandontan I think he is handling it way better than LeBron so far. He is saying what he needs to say, showing appreciation for Orlando but still keeping his options open. These kinds of separations are always ugly. People are going to be upset one way or the other. I agree with Otis though, Howard has earned the right to be a free agent and deserves the opportunity to explore what else is out there.

3 years, 1 month ago on Howard Sticking to His Line, Reveals Some Requests | June

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@Danny.Iglesias I have always taken Shaq's comments with a grain of salt. I think he likes Orlando (why he still lives here) and recognizes he left for selfish reasons and youthful pride. I have gotten to the point where I have forgiven him.

But he has also not been conciliatory either toward the franchise. The Magic may retire Shaq's number some day, but he can't go first. I agree, he just did not do enough on the court and disparaged Orlando while he was gone.

3 years, 1 month ago on Shaq Explains Why He Left Orlando | June

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@slapdoghoops I maybe went a little too easy on Stan Van Gundy in my post season recap. There seemed to be a lot of inflexibility in his offense at times or guys just were not comfortable. I really believe if we gave him a training camp with the roster we had, they would have been better (at least defeating Atlanta). Guys were just never comfortable with their roles.

To me, a second star would mean more space for Dwight to work and a guy we can hand the ball to in a pinch and feel pretty good about getting points. Vince was supposed to be that guy, but it did not work out.

3 years, 1 month ago on Unlike Mavs, Magic Do Need Second Star | June

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Does Portland still want Hedo Turkoglu? Roy can't be any worse!

3 years, 1 month ago on Are The Blazers Pushing For Brandon Roy's Retirement? | May

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They mention it in SonicsGate, but I believe Bennett and Seattle agreed to a shared history. If there ever is a new Sonics, I think they would be able to hang banners and honor past Sonics, but Bennett gets to keep the championship trophy from the 70s. Yeah, I know, it is screwed up.

3 years, 1 month ago on Kemp Remains Loyal To Seattle | May

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Good news everyone! Northwestern will be announcing a facilities plan in the summer that will likely include major renovations to Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena. Upgrading facilities seems to be very much a part of Pat Fitzgerald's contract extension.

3 years, 1 month ago on 20 Stadiums That Are Living on Borrowed Time | Articles

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Good spot on this trend. I remember the Magic drafted Fran Vazquez in part to try to connect with the large Hispanic population in Orlando. When they acquired Carlos Arroyo (from Puerto Rico), Orlando sold out the next two games and you could see Puerto Rican flags flying all over the building. People were really proud of their players and it was a big boost for the team attendance-wise when it did not make the playoffs. They even sold Carlos Arroyo jerseys with the Puerto Rican flag lining the sides. it was a big deal.

3 years, 2 months ago on The Rise Of Latino Players In The NBA | May

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@CollegeWolf It amazes me how the NBA gets played constantly by these foreign players. Not blaming them at all. They are doing what they can to leverage themselves into better contracts overseas. I get the feeling Fran Vazquez is doing the same thing with the Magic in toying with coming to Orlando (finally) this summer.

It is almost better to either wait for the rookie salary wage to be released or just outright renounced the draft rights to the player and let him do what he wants. It is so clear Rubio did not understand the draft process and was trying to force his way to certain markets over others.

3 years, 2 months ago on Wolves Making Yearly Trek For Rubio | May

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@sean donaldson It definitely is hard. But at this stage of the playoffs you know what the stars are going to do and you need secondary players to step up and play above their level. That is where Boozer and Smith have to step up their play. And in Games Four and Five, it feels like they really have.

3 years, 2 months ago on Boozer, Smith Feeling Pressure To Deliver | May

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@DavidPolega I don't think any of those three teams would do that deal. But I am smelling a trade machine post coming in the near future.

3 years, 2 months ago on Magic Aiming to Win, With or Without Dwight | May

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@Magician1378 Thanks for the suggestions. Definitely head to HoopsHype.com for a look at the salaries of every NBA team. I will look into adding a poll for the future. Still cleaning up some things... a lot of time to kill, unfortunately.

3 years, 2 months ago on Magic Wands: May 7, 2011 | May

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@fupaladin2010 To some extent that is true. But the Magic would still have a lot more invested in Arenas than Lewis. Lewis stays, he gets hurt then you go with Duhon as the backup point guard and the Bass/Anderson combo. The Lewis knee injury might have been something he could play through.

The big loss in the Lewis/Arenas deal is just the length of contract. Lewis' deal expired in 2012, giving the Magic the ability to at least try and sign a max-contract player along with re-signing Dwight. Arenas has two additional years (although he has an early termination option in 2012).

Who knows, the Arenas trade could still pan out if he turns into Gilbert Arenas circa 2005 this offseason. Not likely.

3 years, 2 months ago on What Went Wrong: The Trades | May

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@DavidPolega Very good points. I am definitely going to get into more of the effects of the trade this week as I try to recap the season. I think we all agree the team Orlando had at the beginning of the year was not going to win a title. Otis made a bold bold move in doing something when he did. It would have been easy to say the team would round into form.

Smith likely pulled the trigger a little too soon and got stubborn in believing Hedo and Gilbert could save the day. There were better assets out there that would have given the Magic more flexibility for sure.

3 years, 2 months ago on Magic Come Up Short, Empty Handed | April

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Local broadcasts can be pretty hit or miss for sure. But I actually don't mind silence there. It lets you soak in the moment a little bit more. Perhaps the Memphis broadcasters could have picked a better first word to say. But a great announcer not only knows when to talk, but when to be silent. In a big moment like that, silence is not a bad thing. You can really feel the energy in the building. If it were the Spurs broadcasters staying silent, it would have been absolutely perfect.

I agree though, TNT has enough broadcasters to share that would give the NBA an unbiased broadcast crew for these games. It is unfortunate not all the games are on national TV. But, hey, it could be like the NHL.

3 years, 2 months ago on Gary Neal's Buzzer Beater And The Sounds Of Silence | April

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@statforthat We have definitely known for a while now that Orlando simply has too much of one skill on their roster. It is an unfortunate reality for this team. The Magic have to find a way to get Jameer Nelson free in the paint by running more pick and rolls. That would open thing sup for everyone.

3 years, 3 months ago on Magic fail to deliver in playoff opener, drop decision to the Hawks | April

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Persa for Heisman. Fitz said it will happen, so it must be so.

3 years, 3 months ago on Spring Football Starting 11 - Northwestern Wildcats | April

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I think Matt Guokas put it best during the Magic-76ers broadcast last night when David Steele asked him about trending up or down entering the Playoffs: "No (it does not matter). Just an interesting factoid."

3 years, 3 months ago on Lakers Fading, Like Celtics | April

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Dwight definitely is not a thug in that respect. He is not actively trying to mix things up or get in trouble with other players. But he has vented his frustration too much with the officials and that has been a major problem. Brian Schmitz wrote a decent commentary on it in the Orlando Sentinel today. I agree Howard is not doing anything particularly egregious, but he is also not wholly innocent either. Something has to change, and clearly the refs are not going to be the ones doing it.

3 years, 3 months ago on Dwight Howard is Today's NBA Thug? | April

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