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Aug 24

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com: “Heart, passion and devotion are just some words that describe international athletic competition. From the Olympics to the World Cup to the Little League World Series, global sporting events reveal an unparalleled spirit in an athlete. Although some are more patriotic than others, it seems athletes unveil more vigor, emotion and commitment than they normally would. We witnessed such fortitude from the Americans during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing when the Redeem Team, featuring NBA stars such as Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, recaptured the gold in an epic final against Spain. […] Perhaps instead of a customary All-Star Weekend or maybe replacing a portion of the exhibition schedule, I think an NBA “Battle of the States” competition should happen. Basically, the guidelines would permit only active NBA players to participate and teams would be sorted out based on where the player was born. I would, moreover, set up a playoff-style tournament to determine the grand U.S. champion. “
  • Dwight Howard is going to star in a new movie, alongside Carmelo Anthony.
  • At ESPN.com, 17 percent of panelists select the Orlando Magic to win the Eastern Conference. Here’s what J.A. Adande had to say: “They tried playing the “nobody respects us” card for the past two seasons and maybe it will finally take effect now. Dwight Howard was a dark horse MVP candidate last season, but now that LeBron is in South Beach, Dwight can no longer be considered the best player in the state of Florida. Take that, plus the humiliating first three games of the Eastern Conference finals, and if Howard and the Magic don’t enter 2010-11 in vengeance mode, then they never will.”
  • For what it’s worth, I chose the Miami Heat as the champions in the East.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie ranks Rashard Lewis as the 22nd-best power forward in the NBA: “If I’m honest, the only reason Lewis is ranked this high is because the skill he’s best known for contributing (sound shooting from behind the arc) is so hard to find at this position, and he can be a matchup nightmare. Can be. Because, too often, Lewis doesn’t take advantage of his own gifts. And when he passes on being aggressive offensively, his terrible defense and position-worst rebounding tend to bring out the worst in him.”
  • Normally, I agree with Dwyer on just about everything but he’s incorrect in saying that Lewis is terrible on defense because he’s not.
8 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@tha truth is…

I already answered your question.

Lewis isn't paid to do what he was doing in Seattle. If he was, he'd be at small forward and would be the second option on offense. That's not the case, and hasn't been for the last three years. And Lewis doesn't struggle defending post-ups. According to Synergy, Lewis was average in that category last year so that wasn't the issue. The Celtics didn't dominate the Magic because of Lewis' inability to play defense. In fact, Garnett didn't do much in the series offensively and that has a lot to do with Lewis' efforts defensively.

tha truth is...
tha truth is...

How you proved me wrong when im not in disagreement with anything you're saying. All I'm sayin is if his 3's don't work, what other areas does he make up for the lack of shooting on a bad night? That's his trademark like Larry Legend. Different role or not, he's paid to do what he was doing in Seattle. He might be a good post entry passer and a good jab step shooter but lets be honest, his biggest liability is getting posted up, which is why Boston dominated us, which is why SVG had to put Bass in due to his lack of physicality.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@tha truth is…

Doesn't mean you're right.

All you've said is that when Lewis' three-point shooting is off, he's off. The problem is that your observation isn't correct. Like I said, Lewis isn't just a three-point shooter ... he can execute beautifully on the low block, he just doesn't get many opportunities to do so. Lewis also does a nice job of jab-stepping and creating room for himself to put up a mid-range jumper on occasion. Another thing is that Lewis is probably the Magic's best entry passer, when it comes to giving Howard the basketball in the low post. Lewis can create for his own offense, you just haven't seen him to that much because his role on the team is much different than it was when he was with the Sonics. On the flipside, Lewis is a good defender.

You said, aside from shooting, that Lewis was average in everything else. I've already proven you wrong.

tha truth is...
tha truth is...

So exactly what is he does other than that? If he's off from a shooting standpoint, what else he does to make up for it? Rebounds...NO! Assists...NO! Creating his own offense...HELL NO! I'm a Magic fan and love them to death but im callin it as I see it.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@tha truth is…

Not really. Lewis isn't just a three-point shooter.

tha truth is...
tha truth is...

I'll take all of them over Lewis. If his 3's are off, he's off. He's average at best in other facets of his game.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@MagicMark

I'll give him Landry and Griffin. Maybe Haslem, given that he's one of the most underrated role players in the NBA.

MagicMark
MagicMark

Find it hard to believe he has Udonis Haslem, Carl Landry, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche and Blake Griffin (who hasnt played a game in the NBA yet - though he will be better when he does get to play) ahead of Rashard.