- Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “Let’s face it, the Nuggets, if they trade Anthony, are essentially starting over and would almost certainly want to go younger. So here’s the deal: The Nuggets trade Anthony, aging point guard Chauncey Billups and a couple of throw-ins to the Magic for Jameer Nelson, Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter’s expiring contract and a combination of players that might include J.J. Redick (or Mickael Pietrus), Brandon Bass, etc. This scenario gives the Magic another superstar in Anthony and a championship point guard in Billups, who probably has one or two good years left in his 35-year-old legs. The consummation of this deal would give the Magic a roster that at least comes close to matching the star power of the Miami Heat. The deal would also give the Nuggets a couple of good building blocks for their reclamation project. NBA personnel people always say that the two hardest pieces to acquire are a good point guard and decent big man. This trade would give the Nuggets a really good point guard in Nelson (a veteran leader who is only 28 years old) and a good, young center — a true center — in Gortat. They also get a great shooter and potential starter in Redick, and some frontcourt depth in Bass. The danger of this deal for the Magic is that it changes the entire chemistry and camaraderie of the team.”
- The trade that Bianchi proposes is nothing more than a lateral move, at best.
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post asserts that Dwight Howard needs to continue to be the focal point of the offense for the Orlando Magic: “Again, Howard is already a solid low-post player, if not always a joy to watch. Even if he never develops a “signature move,” or whatever, that jump hook from the left block is a fairly reliable option so long as he remembers to go up straight rather than fading. There aren’t many defenders who can keep up with him when he drives baseline, nor many schemes that can contain him without yielding open looks to his teammates. I also believe the most important addition to his arsenal would be a series of fakes and hesitation moves to make his attempts more difficult to time. While turnovers are a concern, he’s a better passer than their totals would indicate. Perhaps this skill is entirely too esoteric to be useful in evaluating a player, but I don’t think there’s a more effective off-the-dribble passer, at Howard’s position, in the entire league. His ability to make an on-target, one-handed pass to the weak side as he comes across the lane is too often overlooked, and is particularly key in Orlando’s offense, which often stations a knockdown shooter on the weakside wing just to be there in case opponents send a delayed double at Howard from that direction.”
- Daniel Orton may need knee surgery.
- The ratings of the Magic’s starting lineup for NBA 2K11 are revealed.
- How does Orlando make a return trip to the NBA Finals? Howard provides an answer: “Just being consistent. Being physical, tough. I don’t think there’s a team that’s forgotten about us. Every team is looking forward to playing the Magic and they know we’re a tough team. Other people may have forgotten about our team, which is cool, because we’ve always been underdogs, underestimated. That doesn’t really matter. We don’t play to prove ourselves to people, we play to win a championship.”
- Howard also makes an appearance on ESPN Radio.
- Could Josh Smith usurp Howard as Defensive Player of the Year this season? Andrew Macaluso of Dime Magazine takes a look (warning: some of the WARP numbers are being misrepresented): “Going into his seventh season, Smith is ready to challenge for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Smith placed second in the DPOY voting last season behind Dwight Howard in a landslide, Howard’s second straight honor. And while Dwight could easily put together a string of 4-5 trophies in a row recognizing him as the game’s top defender, Smith is improving at such a high rate that he can very well snatch the award from right under Howard’s nose.”
- More Howard quotes! This is funny: “Actually, I had one of those dreams this season. It wasn’t the Clippers, it was just some team in Cincinnati. I’m like, ‘How did they get an NBA team?’ It was so scary. I woke up and I went to the gym and I was talking to everybody like, ‘Thank you for having me on the team.’ They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I was like, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ It was so real. They was like, ‘Dwight, we know you’re averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds, but we’re going a different way?’ I’m like, ‘What way do you want to go?’ They’re like, ‘Well, we’re going to trade you to the Cincinnati team. We’re looking to go younger.’ I’m like, ‘I’m only 24.’ They’re like, ‘Well, we wanna go younger.’ And they got rid of me and the nightmare was so scary.”
Thursday’s Magic Word
"The trade that Bianchi proposes is nothing more than a lateral move, at best."
Agreed. I find the writing by Diaz and Bianchi so poor, that I have stopped reading every article that comes out of the Sentinel. I now have to be aware of who has written an article before I read it, which is new for me.
Thank goodness I have your site, OPP and Howard the Dunk to keep me up to date with my favorite team.