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Jun 01

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “[J.J.] Redick just enjoyed the best season of his four-year NBA career and proved himself in the playoffs to be a clutch, gritty competitor. He torched the Celtics for 12- and 14-point games in the [Orlando] Magic’s two wins in the East Finals, showing off his growth as a player and guts as a closer. Redick also showed his value to other teams, and with shooting in the NBA being at a premium, he likely enhanced his value on the free-0agent market. He is a restricted free agent, meaning the Magic can match any offer he gets from another team. And all indications are that the Magic will do just that on any reasonable offer because they value Redick’s toughness, shooting and growth as a player. He knows he could assuredly have a greater role elsewhere, likely even be a starter on most teams, but Redick said he hopes more than anything that his future continues to be in Orlando. The guard who will turn 26 years old wants the structure of knowing where his future will be. He decided to get married before free agency in case he had to uproot himself, but he hopes he’s still here come next season.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel evaluates Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post grades Anderson and Matt Barnesperformance during the 2009-2010 season.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie takes a looks back at the Orlando Magic’s season: “I was wrong, obviously. The Magic leaned too hard on people, not players, who shouldn’t be leaned upon. People who cannot be trusted. Respect the hell out of Jameer Nelson as a person, I implore you, but at times he’s too unaware of his own talent. His own gifts. The same can be said for Vince Carter, who could be an absolute demon in the triple threat position in a playoff game. The exact same for Rashard Lewis. All three failed Orlando, in May. Carter and Lewis, badly, need to pull up some tapes of Reggie Miller’s play in the 2000 postseason. How he used those old bones to drive the Eastern Conference mad. You receive the ball in the pinch post, 19 feet from the hoop. Either side of the court. You fake a drive, you fake a pass, you fake a shot. You fake every option – all three of them, that’s why they call it a “triple-threat” – and you see what the defender lunges at. You respond accordingly. You’d prefer to shoot, it’s the easiest move, but you could also drive. Even for just one or two hard dribbles before the pull-up. You use all those skills, that size, that touch. You make yourself dangerous. You help your team win.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk chimes in on Adonal Foyle‘s possible retirement.
  • It’s no secret that Shaquille O’Neal had an impact on the Magic … after he left Orlando.
  • Daniel Marks of Dime Magazine lists Dwight Howard on the All-Southeast Division team.