- George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “There’s a good reason for the split. Turk wasn’t The One. He had a lot of nice qualities, like being able to hit long-range shots, get to the basket, and run point if need be. He also needed a long-term contract to stay. The Magic wisely decided not to re-sign him, and got Vince Carter in a sign-and-trade. Hedo bolted to Toronto. Better fit. Or so we thought. Carter disappeared for long stretches in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston, prompting people to consider a do-over. I’ve got a number of e-mails of prove it. Conversations, too. The Sentinel is asking the question: “Would you welcome Hedo Turkoglu back to the Magic?” Well, no. He’s old(er) and the [Orlando] Magic need to get better. They get better by getting bigger.”
- Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel suggests that Doc Rivers, former head coach of the Orlando Magic, should retire to his home in the City Beautiful if the Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals: “I spoke with Doc for a column when the Magic were playing the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals and he reiterated what he has said in the past. He said every year he misses his family more and more, and the pull to step away from coaching — at least for a couple of seasons — grows stronger. In a few months, for instance, his son Austin, one of the top high school basketball players in the country, will be a senior at Winter Park. Doc has made it known how much it kills him inside to miss so many of his kids’ games and activities.”
- The evolution of the Magic logo.
- Dwight Howard: “I wanted to tell you guys about what I was doing last week. I’m not just sitting around and feeling sorry for myself about losing to Boston. I decided to get back to work on my game immediately, so I went to Houston to work out with Hall of Fame center Hakeem “The Dream’’ Olajuwon. We worked three hours a day for five days last week. […] He has so much knowledge about playing in the post and I’m just trying to be a sponge and soak up everything that he teaches me. Some of it is stuff that we already work on in practice every day, so it’s just a matter of me working on it more and more. But Hakeem showed me some things with footwork and shots off fakes to get free. He was always so patient in the post and it was like he had defenders on a string with his moves. So I’m just trying to pick up as much as I can from him.”
- Rob Mahoney of ProBasketballTalk offers his opinion on Orlando’s new logo.
- Ditto with Trey Kerby of Ball Don’t Lie: “Jokes aside, it’s a nice logo, if not a game-changer. If they’re shooting for something new that still calls back to the original Magic symbol, they got it. I’ll miss the old font (and still miss the old pinstriped jerseys) but this is more modern for sure. I wouldn’t necessarily buy it on a hat, but then I don’t wear hats that often. Let us know what you think in the comments.”
- The Magic are going to hold draft workouts for five different prospects.