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Jun 04

Friday’s Magic Word

  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Again, [Stan] Van Gundy has come under fire for his offense, which I don’t understand. Surrounding Howard with three-point shooters makes sense, and Howard’s about the last guy in the league who needs “protection” from a “true” power forward. No, Lewis is the right fit at that position. My issue is that Van Gundy needs to find ways to get Lewis more touches. He’s a brilliant scorer, but too often gets lost in the shuffle. Whether that’s Carter and Nelson calling their own number too often, or Lewis not making himself available, or Van Gundy not getting him involved, or some combination of the three, I’m not sure. But Lewis is too talented to keep loitering on the weak side, waiting for a kickout, for 33 minutes a night. Going forward, that’s the biggest concern about Lewis.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel evaluates Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, Matt Barnes, and Dwight Howard.
  • Jameer Nelson has a Twitter account — follow him!
  • Charles Oakley speaks his mind on Howard: “Dwight Howard is embarrassing Patrick [Ewing] if you ask me. He doesn’t have a ball player’s mind. And they tell me he is one of the best centers in the game. He wouldn’t have even made the league ten years ago. He would be on the bench. They say he won’t listen. Dwight won’t listen. How can you not listen to Patrick Ewing?”
4 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Will

I don't buy Oakley's quote.

@MagicBasketballOnline

I'd bet he's wrong but hey, maybe he's right. I doubt it, though.

@Raptor

Zing!

MagicBasketballOnline
MagicBasketballOnline

That Oakley quote is disturbing... Everyone knows how well connected he is and I'm sure Patrick Chewing is included in that inner circle. Hoping he is completely wrong and just shooting from the hip.

Will
Will

Ouch. . .I just got an elbow from Oakley. I don't think Howard doesn't listen and obviously Oakley isn't watching the games because Howard is no doubt the most dominating defensive force in quite some time with some, I repeat, SOME offensive problems.

Oakley pointed it out clearly: Ewing is the leader of the Knicks and deserves no fault for anything so CLEARLY he isn't teaching Howard poorly at all? (I think Pat is doing a great job myself but just posing the hypothetical).