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Jul 05

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Daniel] Orton admitted to coming into camp a little bit out of shape and has been working hard to get in shape. “I didn’t want to tell [Patrick Ewing] but my legs are dead I had no explosiveness right now,” Orton said. “I’m not trying to use that as an excuse, it’s the truth.” Orton said he is glad to get his first Summer League start out of the way. His brother texted him this morning asking if he was nervous. Orton told him no, but about 30 minutes later replied again that he was. Those nerves will come and go throughout the week. He’s looking forward to learning from Ewing and Dwight Howard and has been in touch with Howard periodically since he was drafted two weeks ago. Orton said Vince Carter, who watched the Magic’s game, told him to relax after his ejection.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Stanley] Robinson grew up in Birmingham, Ala., where he received the nickname “Sticks” as a seventh-grader because he was one of the skinniest players on his middle-school football team. Robinson felt happy that the [Orlando] Magic drafted him partly because Orlando and Birmingham are just a short plane ride away. His girlfriend, Martia Simmons, and their two daughters, 5-year-old Kamilah and 3-year-old Kelsi, still live in Alabama. Magic officials interviewed Robinson during the NBA’s predraft camp in Chicago, and during that conversation, they asked him about his leave of absence from UConn. Robinson told them he left school to pay for Kamilah’s and Kelsi’s daycare costs. Robinson never expected to spend any of his college years working in an industrial plant, sorting scrap metals and plastics and stacking aluminum rims. He worked with 11 other people, half of whom didn’t speak English. Robinson carried a small, circular magnet in his pocket and held the magnet to pieces of metal. Any scraps that attracted the magnet had to be separated from the other metals. It was mind-numbing work, but Robinson did his job well.”
  • When it comes to free agency, general manager Otis Smith is not in a rush.
  • The 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League is all work and no play.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post recaps the Orlando Magic’s loss to the Indiana Pacers.
  • Not a good day for Daniel Orton.
  • Daniel Marks of Dime Magazine thinks Stanley Robinson has a future with the Magic: “Robinson is one of the most athletic players in the draft and could be a real steal for Orlando. Stan Van Gundy preaches defense, and Robinson has the ability to lock down guys on the perimeter. With Matt Barnes a free agent and rumors that Mickael Pietrus could be on his way out of town, Robinson should be with the Magic in November.”
  • Patrick Ewing Jr. is a player to watch at Summer League in Orlando: “Somehow, he’s already 26 years old. The former Georgetown player is taking the ol’ Little League route: if you can’t make a team, get your dad to coach and reap the benefits. All jokes aside, Ewing Jr. is an NBA athlete that a lot of people had pegged as a sleeper when he declared for the Draft. He doesn’t have many skills, but he is 6-8 and has some potential as a defensive stopper. Orlando could be a good spot for him.”
  • Dwight Howard will not play in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
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