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Aug 10

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic players and coaches had better get their rest now, because NBA schedule makers gave the team a daunting dose of back-to-back games during the 2010-11 regular season. The Magic will play 20 pairs of back-to-backs, including 12 pairs in which Orlando will host the first game and then hit the road immediately for the second. Those 12 away-to-home back-to-backs are a record for the Stan Van Gundy era. The Magic never had more than six “fly-out” games in any of Van Gundy’s three previous seasons as Orlando’s coach. The NBA released its full regular-season schedule this afternoon. […] The Magic will open their season — and play their first regular-season game at Amway Center — on Oct. 28, when they host the Washington Wizards at 8 p.m. One night later in Miami, Orlando will play its first regular-season game against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the new-look Miami Heat.”
  • The top five Orlando Magic games to watch in the 2010-2011 regular season.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy: “Look, the schedule is the schedule. It’s something I never really worry about a lot. It’s going to come out to 41 at home and 41 away. Some people are going to have some more back-to-backs than others. It’s just not something I spend any time worrying about.”
  • The Magic have some tough back-to-backs on their schedule.
  • Royce Young of CBSSports.com states that Orlando has one of the easiest starts to the season: “The NBA hands a gift to the Magic who get to open a new arena with a batch of home games. It gets tougher for the Magic later down the line, but to start the season, Orlando gets 8 of its first 12 at home, with most of the tough games coming into the new Amway Center. The drawback is a couple back-to-backs but no set is against two contending teams.”
  • Are you ready for the Sunshine Massacre?
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “The Magic got off easy, relatively speaking, with their road trips, which max out at five games on two separate occasions, as the release mentions. But facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 13th, just one day after a visit to New Orleans Arena, is brutal. Worse, having to play the Lakers on March 14th one day after a game against the uptempo Phoenix Suns. And, of course, opening the season with three straight back-to-back sets isn’t appealing.”
  • Zach Harper of TrueHoop conducts an exhaustive evaluation of the NBA calendar year.
  • Jordan Schultz of NBA FanHouse tells you the matchups you need to know.
  • Eric Woodyard of SLAM ONLINE: “In the ‘02-03 season, T-Mac became the NBA’s youngest scoring champion, averaging 32.1 buckets per game. He was also considered by many as the League’s best all-around player. Then he delivered a Jordan-esque individual performance against the Pistons in the ‘03 Playoffs dropping 31.7 points per game. Despite McGrady’s amazing antics, the Magic still failed to reach the second round of the Playoffs. Even after taking a commanding 3-1 series lead as the eighth seed against the number one seed. After McGrady’s comments prior to Game 5 in which he was quoted as saying how wonderful it was to “finally be in the position to advance to the second round,” he and his troops lost Games 5, 6 and 7 by an average of more than 20 points. Detroit would advance to the next round.”
  • Quinn Peterson of SLAM ONLINE catches up with Quentin Richardson, one of the newest members of the Magic. Here’s a snippet of what Q has to say: “I’m excited. It’s a great situation on a team that has a chance to contend for a title, it’s gonna be a whole lot of hard work, but I think we’re definitely ready for it. I’m leaving here Friday (August 6) to head to Miami so I can drive up to Orlando to get started working with the coaching staff. I’ll spend the rest of my summer in Orlando working toward the goal. Also, Jameer [Nelson], he has a thing out in Philly, where he invites all of the guys out on the team, no coaches, and we work out everyday. Has has different events set up for us to hang out and bond and get close. Those are some of the things you need to do if you wanna be a championship-caliber team. I’m really excited that they already have these types of things in place, and I’m just going to that situation trying to contribute.”
  • A Q/A with Mickael Pietrus.
  • What can Vince Carter do for Orlando at this stage in his career?