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Aug 25

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • John Krolik of ProBasketballTalk: “Bosh was the starting power forward on the worst defensive team in basketball last season, and that’s not a thrilling bullet point to have on one’s resume. Bosh hasn’t definitively proven that he’s a bad defender, but he sure hasn’t proven that he’s a good one. The best precedent for those hoping Bosh will become an effective defender in Miami is the career of Orlando Magic power forward Rashard Lewis. Like Lewis, Bosh isn’t particularly strong or physical, and doesn’t do much to shut off the paint. And remember that Lewis played for some of the worst defensive teams in the history of basketball during his time with Seattle. But just like the old adage that every quarterback is a system quarterback, to some extent every NBA defender is a system defender. A player can do all the right things and force his man towards where the help is supposed to be and look like he got torched when the helper blows his assignment. Likewise, good help can make anyone with good feet look like a defensive mastermind most of the time. With the Sonics’ interior defense being as horrible as it was, Lewis’ inability to defend the paint made him a liability. When he got traded to Orlando, his ability to get out on the perimeter and force players towards Dwight Howard made him a major asset on the defensive end.”
  • Want to ask general manager Otis Smith a question? You can do so here.
  • Five of the 93 panelists on ESPN.com voted for the Orlando Magic to win the NBA title this season. Here’s what one of the panelists had to say: “It’s not so much that they have better personnel than the Miami Heat, as much as that the South Beach team will implode during the course of the 82-game season. The Heat have too many superstars and egos together on one team. I believe the Magic will play as a more cohesive unit, and have more depth than the Heat. Plus, they have Dwight Howard, a strong center who will give the Heat a lot of problems should they meet in the conference finals. If the Lakers face the Magic in the Finals, I don’t think they’ll have the upper hand like they did two years ago, especially after Orlando beats Miami.”
  • I can almost guarantee that the Miami Heat won’t implode this year.
  • Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie: “Get excited, everyone, because this is happening for real and not in a fever dream like last time, when you dreamt you were Big Baby, which was weird for everyone — Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard will “star in a basketball film with an award-winning Chinese director named ‘Amazing,'” the NBA and Shanghai Film Group announced Tuesday.”
  • Art Garcia of NBA.com has more on Dwight Howard’s budding acting career.
7 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@3.3

Won't take long. The key ingredients -- James, Wade, and Bosh -- already have experience playing with each other.

3.3
3.3

Miami doesn't need to "implode". They haven't even jelled yet. They have the talent to contend, but they're constructing an entire team out of thin air. Given that it took the Magic half a season to grow into last year's relatively minor changes... and they're still not QUITE there yet (though I'm anticipating that the rest of the stuff will be hammered out this training camp)... I can't even imagine how long it'll take the Heat to put together that weird all-new lineup.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Billy (slickw143)

The main thing is that there's a level of friendship there, with James, Wade, and Bosh, that aids in their comfortability with each other on the court.

@Hoop Dreams

That's the thing ... Bosh won't be asked to be play much at the 5. I completely disagree that Bosh will be miserable on the defensive end all season. Like Lewis when he was with the Sonics, Bosh has never been surrounded by great defenders. I know that Bosh is capable of being a net positive on defense after watching him in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Bosh was phenomenal defensively, and I understand it's a different game against inferior competition but the desire and physical tools are there for him. Bosh's main problem is that he's been playing out of position on defense while he was with the Raptors.

@Brad

No, Lewis wouldn't be more effective as small forward.

Alex
Alex

@Brad
I apologize for my laziness, but I know Eddy posted an article, maybe even a few articles, concerning Rashard Lewis playing the 3 vs him playing the 4. Couldn't have been more than a month ago.

To put it shortly, playing Lewis at the 3 and replacing him with anyone other than a top 5 PF would be a less efficient lineup.

Brad
Brad

Eddy, wouldn't Shard be more effective as a small forward? We can't have another year where our starting PF is averaging less than 5 rebounds and 1 block a game!

Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams

Comparing Bosh to Lewis is fair but not entirely apples to apples. Bosh will be asked to play a lot of 5, where he will be even more of a defensive liability than he is at the 4. Bosh doesn't have a Dwight Howard-type player to "force" players toward. And during parts of the game, Bosh will be the player his teammates are funneling players toward (scary for Miami).

If Miami could have added Dampier, I think Bosh would get the help inside that he needs to be a passable defender. However, Damp's not agreeing to be waived, so the chances of him ending up in Miami are nil.

That being said, Bosh will be miserable on the defensive end all season.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Yeah, I don't really understand where the imploding is going to occurr. Unless LeBron's ability to be a teammate takes the same route as his ability to appeal to fans, there's not going to be an issue there. There's too many A-list players for any of them to feel that much pressure individually. They're friends off the court and have had 2+ years to really think this through and be sure of it.