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Jun 18

Friday’s Magic Word

  • George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Quick disclaimer: I love Orlando’s style of play. It’s an energetic, fast-paced, shoot ‘em up style that has made them one of the elite teams in the NBA. But they are not the best of the best. The Los Angeles and the Boston Celtics are better because they are more physical and they are bigger. The Celtics proved that over the course of a best-of-seven series,  they could take away Orlando’s outstanding perimeter game by playing Dwight Howard without any help defense. [...] I don’t see Matt Barnes — their toughest defender outside of Dwight Howard — coming back. That will hurt. Otis Smith, the GM with great poker face, needs to work his magic one more time and figure out how to upgrade this team. I think Rashard Lewis – untradable contract in case you forgot — would be a better fit at small forward, leaving a slot open for a more physical power forward.”
  • Contrary to popular belief, the Orlando Magic aren’t a fast-paced team. During the regular season, the Magic ranked 18th in pace.
  • These are the seven things Orlando isn’t doing during the off-season.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “[...] for Orlando Magic fans, the most interesting question is whether Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers will return. To be fair, it’s one that guys like Marc Stein were asking hours before tipoff, but you get the idea. After an emotional postgame news conference, Rivers walked off the podium to a standing ovation from the media, which veteran reporter Chris Mannix said he’d never seen. I say Rivers is relevant to the Magic’s fans because Orlando is where he and his family make their home, and he got his head-coaching start here. Despite his coaching the hated Celtics, I get the sense that Rivers is fairly well liked around town.”
  • Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress offers his take on Fran Vazquez: The Spanish big man could start on a number of NBA teams thanks to his athleticism, shot-blocking ability and rebounding prowess. But that seems unlikely at this point, as Vazquez, Rubio’s teammate in Barcelona, is comfortable in his native country and hasn’t really been courted all that heavily by Orlando.”
  • Sandy Dover of SLAM ONLINE approves of the Magic’s new logo: “As for the Magic’s logo, while I loved the personification of actual magic in the stars and stylized fonts of the older logos, changing the type face for “ORLANDO MAGIC” does make some sense for continuity purposes, especially when you’re able to see that the logo scripts match the logo’s wordmarks. I have never particularly cared for the star that the Magic have used since 1999, but that remains, and actually with the less elaborate fonts that Orlando has now installed in the insignia, the star, as is, fits. The bolder, more straightforward scripts seems genuinely more powerful and bolder, even while it’s lost a bit of snazz and uniqueness in the process.”
  • In John Hollinger’s latest NBA franchise rankings, which he updates year-by-years, Orlando jumps up to the No. 9 spot: “The Magic have been the most consistently successful of the league’s early-’90s expansion teams, and have done it while showcasing several of the game’s biggest stars. Shaq, Penny, Tracy McGrady and Dwight Howard would be all-timers in most franchise’s pantheons; Magic fans saw all four in a span of a dozen years. [...] with the current edition having posted consecutive 59-win seasons and made the 2009 Finals, Orlando seems well poised to move up the ladder. In fact, they already have — the Magic climbed six rungs since we did this exercise a year ago.”
  • Final 2009-2010 power rankings, brought to you by Basketball-Reference.
  • Nate Robinson to Orlando? A slim possibility, according to ESPN’s Rumor Central: “For as infuriating as he can be at times, Robinson’s energy off the bench is something other teams will covet. And with plenty of money to be given out this summer, Robinson will likely find a landing spot. Don’t expect him to return to the Knicks, though. One team that could bite on Robinson? Maybe Orlando, a team that could have a backup point guard void if they don’t re-sign Jason Williams or Anthony Johnson. But the Magic will be over the cap, so this seems unlikely.”
  • This isn’t the first time that Robinson’s name and the Magic have been linked together.
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