- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “I have it on good authority that Vince [Carter] has been one of the regulars at the Magic’s headquarters this offseason, working out daily with teammates and strength and conditioning coaches. Vince took it particularly hard last spring when the [Orlando] Magic were beaten by Boston because he didn’t play well in that series at all. He has to know deep down that the Magic can’t win a championship without him playing near his peak level. No, he’s not the player that he was five years ago, but Carter still has some pop left. He was relieved not to be traded away from Orlando, his hometown team, over the summer and knows the season ahead could very well be his last legitimate shot at winning a championship.”
- Want to know why Malik Allen is with the Orlando Magic? Look no further than his relationship with head coach Stan Van Gundy.
- Ben Osborne of SLAM ONLINE: “Forget the Heat for a second; the Magic haven’t even gotten the same hype this offseason as the Celtics (or respect; I was a bit surprised by the voting in yesterday’s Polladaday). But that doesn’t mean they won’t be a worthy challenger. Orlando is coming off a 59-win season and is just 15 months removed from playing in the Finals. While LeBron is the one who famously said he wants to be a “global icon,” Magic leader [Dwight] Howard is the one who spent this offseason traveling the world, spending time in China and India and readying for a trip to Haiti as we went to press, as well as working on commericals and a movie. Dwight has been so busy, in fact, that some fans wonder if he’s doing all he can to get better as a player. Well, in a great interview by our man Aggrey Sam, Dwight says that he can indeed do it all.”
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post asks “[w]hat are Howard’s chances of repeating as the league’s rebounder and shot-blocker? Who are his biggest competitors for those honors?” Click here for an answer.
- More from Rock: “The rumors surrounding the apparently unhappy Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, a three-time All-Star and one of the league’s most dynamic scorers, won’t cease until he agrees to an extension with the Nuggets, or until they trade him. And the latest word is that the Orlando Magic are among the four teams to which he’d agree to be dealt. Kate Fagan, on the 76ers beat for the Philadelphia Inquirer, did some digging in the wake of Ken Berger’s report earlier this week that Philadelphia had entered the bidding for Anthony. While she shot that part of the rumor down, she did learn the Magic, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, and New York Knicks have made Anthony’s shortlist of destinations.”
- “E” is for energy guys like Bo Outlaw!