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Jun 14

Monday’s Magic Word

  • John Denton of “The [Orlando] Magic’s consensus All-NBA center spent five days in Houston last week working out with legendary Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon. The two worked for three hours a day, drilling on a variety of post moves, face-up jump shots and baby hooks off pump fakes. The idea was to help [Dwight] Howard add more weapons to his offensive arsenal when foes look to choke him off with sagging defenses. […] Howard said that Olajuwon taught him several footwork drills and combination moves that he can work on throughout the summer as he travels the globe. He said he hopes to work out with Olajuwon again in August when he’s in Senegal and he might visit Olajuwon again prior to training camp for one more refresher course.”
  • More from Denton: “Dwight Howard wasn’t just slapping high fives, handing out one hug after another, posing for pictures with babies and showing off his bowling prowess Sunday afternoon at Altamonte Bowling Lanes. The superstar center was also fulfilling a promise to a new friend, and also making a lifetime of memories for a special segment of his fanbase. Asked a month ago by 19-year-old Charbel “Big Bubba” El-Khoury, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome, if he would participate in the 2010 Bowl-A-Thon to benefit the Special Olympics of Seminole County, Howard pledged his attendance. Then, the first-team All-NBA star went out of his way to make it happen. […] “Big Bubba” was so excited at the prospect of bowling with his hero on Sunday that he awoke at 6 a.m. and dressed himself in Magic blue. But that excitement was nothing compared to the smiles and genuine joy that he exuded each frame that he and Howard bowled together on Sunday.”
  • Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel previews the 2010 NBA Free Agency class, beginning with Carlos Boozer: “You might have spotted Boozer at Amway Arena during the Eastern Conference Finals. He’s been making the rounds since the Jazz’s season ended. Boozer flirted with wanting out of Utah last year, saying he wanted to play for the Miami Heat or Chicago Bulls. That upset Jazz fans. It wasn’t the first time pending free agency landed Boozer in a pickle.”
  • If the Boston Celtics win the 2010 NBA Finals, what does that mean for the Orlando Magic? Does the loss in the Eastern Conference Finals make it easier to bear? Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post leaves those questions out there for people to answer for themselves.
  • According to statistical plus/minus, Rashard Lewis‘ 34-point, 11-rebound, 7-assist outing in Game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers ranks as the third-best individual performance in a Finals loss. Ahead of Shawn Kemp, Michael Jordan, and a bevy of other historically great players.
  • Just a heads up, I’m going to do a mailbag tomorrow. If you haven’t sent in your questions already, make sure to do so before the end of the evening. Thanks!

Interesting that Dwight Howard is also on the list for that same Game 2 from last year's Finals. Somewhere around #17.