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Sep 21

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “Seriously? Shaq wants us to believe he is rooting for the Magic and the City of Orlando to win a championship? That’s funny because two years ago when the [Orlando] Magic were playing the Lakers in the finals, Shaq tweeted that he was rooting for Kobe and the Lakers. Or was that a PR ploy, too, Shaq? And was it a PR ploy when you called Orlando a “dried-up little pond?” And was it a PR ploy when you ripped Dwight and called him an ”imposter?” And was it a PR ploy when you called Magic coach Stan Van Gundy a “bum” and a “nobody” and a “master of panic?” If that’s Shaq’s idea of selling tickets then I’m not buying. Even worse, it sounds now like O’Neal is trying to befriend Dwight [Howard], which is absolutely frightening news if you’re a Magic fan.”
  • Breaking down the new suites at the Amway Center.
  • Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com talks about diet and nutrition. Pretty neat breakdown.
  • Get to know more about Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “About six weeks ago, I pointed out that a Dwight Howard action figure available for preorder on Amazon.com could offer a preview of the Orlando Magic’s as-yet-unrevealed black alternate uniform. This uniform appears in the current issue of SLAM Magazine, on newsstands now, which further fuels speculation that the team will unveil it soon. Twitter user @justinrcole posted an image on his account this morning. Independently–which is to say, “unofficially”–I’ve heard that the Magic indeed plan to introduce the uniform this season, though my source says there’s “no timetable” as to when. […] If the latest issue of SLAM is any indication, though, the black uniforms will happen. It’s only a matter of time.”
  • Dwight Howard is going to make a cameo appearance in New York. From a press release posted at SLAM ONLINE: “All 30 NBA teams will wear the new uniforms beginning this season. To commemorate this historic occasion, adidas and the NBA will produce limited edition, collectible authentic jerseys numbered and boxed with a seal of authenticity. Player jerseys were made in limited edition runs of 50, 100, 250 or 500 and are numbered sequentially and authenticated by Panini so that each boxed jersey is a unique collector’s item.”
  • Check out the top blocks of the 2009-2010 season.
  • According to Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie, “I” is for isolation plays: “[…] there are several types of isolation plays to choose from. A dump down to Dwight Howard against (initial) single coverage is technically an isolation play, but as much as we respect Dwight on both ends, you rarely see this type of play called. You rarely see it even for the low-post scorers that can hit free throws. Usually, you know, it’s for the hot shot. And the hot shots, as you’ve known them since grade school, are the ones that can dribble the ball. They’re not passing unless the defender hacks a limb off.”
  • Don’t expect Carmelo Anthony to be traded to the Orlando Magic. Why? Because, surprisingly enough, the Magic don’t have the requisite assets that the Denver Nuggets are looking for.
  • Sebastian Pruiti of NBA Playbook examines some backdoor lob plays.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy is one of the top defensive coaches in NBA history, though it certainly helps to have Howard as the anchor of his defenses.