- John Denton of OrlandoMagic com: “After talking to Rashard [Lewis] lately, I can tell you that he worked out with legendary big man Hakeem Olajuwon this summer to come up with some more moves in the low post. Hakeem talked to Lewis about using his body more to attack small forwards when switched to him in the low post. Using Lewis at power forward the past three years was a stroke of genius by head coach Stan Van Gundy because it gave the Magic a tremendous 3-point threat and pulled other bigs away from the rim to give Howard more room to operate inside. But Lewis has been told this summer to be ready to play more at the small forward position.”
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “One of the top players from the Orlando Magic’s 2010 summer league team has signed on with an NBA club. Forward Patrick Ewing Jr. has signed a free-agent deal with the New York Knicks, the Knicks announced today. Howard Beck of The New York Times is reporting that Ewing received a partial guarantee and likely will compete for a roster spot. Ewing Jr., of course, is the son of Magic assistant coach and former Knicks legend Patrick Ewing.”
- Will Brinson of CBSSports.com catches up with Dwight Howard.
- Keep an eye out for Fran Vazquez in the 2010 FIBA World Championships: “Fran Vazquez returns to the Senior National Team to hopefully replace some of the interior defense lost in Pau’s absence. Vazquez uses his combo of length and athleticism to change shots, board and finish strong on rolls/cuts. My partner would like to see some twin tower alignments of Marc & Fran, and I second that notion.”
- Make sure to stay up-to-date with the Magic universe on Twitter.
- Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider: “Vince Carter‘s wishy-washy play will only get more disappointing and inconsistent after a summer’s worth of aging; Rashard Lewis’ pattern of declining productivity in each of his three seasons in Orlando should continue; and summer spies say Dwight Howard hasn’t been diligent about adding post moves to his sub-par offensive arsenal, so there’s not much reason to believe the Magic will improve this season.”
- Summer spies? For what it’s worth, Broussard is the same individual that reported that Baron Davis’ weight has ballooned to 260 pounds in the summer, which turned out to be false.
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- Do defenses really win championships? Is that axiom true? Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference investigates: “These findings still bear out the axiom of defense winning championships, but the split between offense & defense is much smaller than it had been when we included pre-merger seasons. Going back to our earlier example, to have the same p(C) as a team with an average offense and a -5.0 defense, an average defensive team would have to score only 5.8 more pts/100 poss than average if we use this equation. However, the continued prominence of defense even when we drop the heavily D-oriented Celtics dynasty from the sample does suggest that, all things being equal, teams should prioritize excellence at that end of the court if they want to win a championship.”
- Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “Dwight Howard pays attention to defense. He runs with a smile on his face and won’t remind you of Elvin Hayes in the low post, but he is a dominant force, an MVP candidate and the best player at his position. He also doesn’t turn 25 years until December. Which just doesn’t seem fair, if we’re honest.”
- Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook takes a look at how Orlando beats double-teams on offense.
Friday’s Magic Word
So by your logic then, doesn't that mean that Broussard is right in saying that Dwight Howard didn't add any post up moves this past summer, as well as Lewis and Carter becoming less productive?
You're an idiot. Just because you dislike someone (i.e. Broussard and/or Smith) doesn't make what they're saying any less true. The point of the Magic needing to upgrade totally flew past your thick skull. I bet you're one of those pointless "Bob Bummer" types who likes to pick arguments or nitpick on topics totally irrelevant to the main point. Stop being so annoying and maybe you might stop being single.
Others put out stories that "sources" were saying that LeBron and Bosh were going to join up in Miami with Wade well before Broussard did. Stephen A. Smith (ugh) actually put it out there in the beginning of the FA period. Broussard does not win any points on saying "Everything I'm hearing indicates LeBron is going to join Bosh and Wade", since the same could be said for just about everyone who paid attention to the coverage.
Broussard gave us the inside scoop into where Wade and Bosh were going to sign. Few days later, the night before "The Decision", Broussard said that LeBron was leaning toward Miami. Broussard impressed me this summer with his predictions and while I hope what he said about the Magic are not true, what he's saying makes sense. The Eddy's issue about the "will happen vs. might happen" is moot but in this world where aging reduces our productivity, what Broussard is saying isn't baseless. How else would he have said it? "They performances might decline." Let's face it, I really want the Orlando Magic to win it all, especially while Dwight Howard is around, but on paper the Magic are still behind the Lakers and Heat. We need to upgrade soon. A lot of people are saying that the Magic are superior in the two weakest positions of the Heat (Center and Point Guard) so that should give the Magic an edge. Since when was two greater than three? The Magic might be competitive with the Heat but in a seven game series, chances of getting a win is slim. The Magic lost to the Lakers 4-1 two years in the championships and the Magic lost to Boston we eventually went on to lose against the Lakers. Let's get serious instead of just being hopeful. Dwight Howard needs to increase his scoring average to about 25 while still grabbing about 12 boards every night and Jameer Nelson needs to get back to his old All-Star form for the Magic to have a chance.
By the numbers (rounded):
Bosh 24 ppg 2 apg 11 rpg
Wade 27 ppg 7 apg 5 rpg
James 28 ppg 7 apg 7 rpg
That puts the Heat at 79 ppg 16 apg 23 rpg with just the three. The Orlando Magic last year averaged 103 ppg 20 asp 43 rpg. That means that the combined Heat bench just has to average 25 ppg 5 apg 21 rpg to surpass the Orlando Magic in the three major statistical category. All that the Heat needs to do with a 10 man rotation will be for 7 players other than the new big three to average 4 ppg 1 apg 3 rpg and they will accomplish it. To say the Heat will have chemistry problems is ridiculous. The Boston Celtics with their old big three didn't have that problem and the Dream Teams never had any problems. The only things that really beat these teams were themselves. I can't wait for the season to start but at the same time the heartaches are getting tougher especially with such a great talent like Dwight Howard. I do not want the Orlando Magic to be the New York Knicks with a great center like Ewing who never beat the Chicago Bulls with Jordan.
The bottom line:
WE NEED TO UPGRADE.
That's not the issue. The problem is that Broussard is stating future occurrences as if they will happen, not might happen. Big difference in verb usage.
To quote from a guy from REAL GM forum:
"Again, some of what he said COULD be right.
- We DID lose Barnes. Yes, we're HOPING Richardson makes up for it, but there's no guarantee.
- Carter and Lewis APPEAR to be on the decline. We're HOPING they rebound, but again, no guarantee.
Overall, we DID seem to "only" make small scale changes...fortunately, we were already one of the best teams in the league. I do disagree with him about Duhon being the 3rd string PG, and Dwight not working on his moves, however.
All I'm saying, and all dr3 is saying, is that the author of the article brings up some good points. He is looking at our team objectively, and offering his opinion."
Aside from his whiny, nasally-sounding voice...I almost boycotted watching ESPN earlier this summer for fear of having to hear him say "LuhBRAHN JAMEz" over and over and over....
Seems like almost all most writer only write what they "think" people want to here and not what they've done research on. Every time I see and article written on the Magic its usually something negative and full of Magic Kingdom/Disney World/Mickey Mouse/Magic jokes. It got old a long time ago. Nobody respects Orlando. I have to watch the National Televised games on mute because there's usually 2 outta 3 commentators constantly reminding me how faulty the Orlando Magic' are. Sooooooo annoying.
Chris Broussard gossips like a little school kid. He's like the Wendy Williams of sports reporting. Weak.