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Jun 13

Sunday’s Magic Word

  • Dan Savage of “While [Marcin] Gortat may be the most intimidating member of his teammates in the ring – his sheer size makes him resemble Rocky IV’s Ivan Drago whenever he swings away at a sparring partner – he’s not the only [Orlando] Magic player involved in stepping between the ropes. Rogowski routinely brings each member of Orlando’s roster to Gym Rat Boxing & Fitness during the offseason. After the team spends their entire season working on the basketball court, Rogowski finds that a different training method assists in keeping their excitement level high. It’s an idea that has proven results. Players such as Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass and Adonal Foyle have even adopted boxing into their regular season routine, in order to keep their conditioning level high when they’re not getting as many minutes on the court. Former members of the Magic, Courtney Lee and Tony Battie, still migrate back during the offseason to continue their training in the ring.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post offers some commentary at potential draft prospects for the Orlando Magic. Remember, the Magic have the 29th and 59th picks in the 2010 NBA Draft.
  • Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk chimes in on Dwight Howard working out with Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston: “Howard’s only true weak point in his game is his lack of a genuine post game. He has a semi-functional driving hook, which is like trying to kick-start that 1978 Volvo in your uncle’s backyard, half the time it just kicks out smoke. He’s got a small turnaround floater, but it mostly looks like an accident. His up-and-under dunk is solid and practiced, but defensible, especially in a series with time to prepare. Which is what makes Howard’s potential work with Olajuwon (and we have no confirmation they’re working out) so exciting/downright terrifying. He’s already one of the best players in the league, an MVP candidate. Olajuwon is arguably the greatest center of the last 30 years, one of the greatest centers of all time, and the strongest part of his game was his footwork and offensive prowess. The Dream could hurt you in a million different ways, stringing together moves in combinations his opponent couldn’t prepare for. That may be the best thing Olajuwon can teach Howard.”
  • Ryen Russillo of ESPN Insider: “[Willie] Warren has a chance to go in the first round based on his ability to get to the rim. This past season was a disaster though. His shooting was terrible and the team fell apart with him as the leader. Ask any scout, and you’ll hear horror stories about Warren’s immaturity and lack of commitment. If Warren doesn’t grow up, he will be a waste of a pick.”