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Oct 12

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “His grandmother bought him a Nerf ball game when he was a toddler. He slept with a basketball by his pillow as he got older. No wonder he has a nose for grabbing a rebound and a shooting eye to die for. And it’s no surprise that he tossed in a shot from half court after Monday’s practice — in his first try. Watching from afar, you’d swear that [Orlando] Magic forward Ryan Anderson was a natural. Far from it. You know how they say some athletes are “born” to play this or that? Anderson had a better chance of becoming a brainy guy who liked to kayak but, if pressed, could also decorate a living room. […] Anderson largely taught himself to shoot, alone in his front yard in Dorado Hills, Calif. Before basketball camps and coaches got a hold of him, he didn’t stop releasing the ball from the hip until a better eighth-grade player made fun of his shot. Obviously, Anderson didn’t forecast pro basketball in his future, given his background. […] But his friends all played and he somehow grew to 6-feet-10 (“My dad is 6-foot and my mom is 5-8. I’m the freak of the family,” he said). And he simply kept getting better at it. Still is.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “[J.J.] Redick made significant strides last season, and the Magic noticed. The team matched a front-loaded three-year, $19 million offer sheet from the Chicago Bulls to keep him. Redick has improved markedly as a defender, and he’s no longer a liability on that end of the floor. You probably wouldn’t want him defending an opponent’s best wing scorer for lengthy stretches — that’s more of Mickael Pietrus’ role — but Redick rarely gets caught out of position. No one on the roster hustles back on defense as well as he does. Redick is a superb outside shooter — he led the Magic in 3-point percentage last season — and he’s also an underrated passer. Redick’s midrange game also has progressed. According to HoopData.com, last season he made a career-best 58.8 percent of the shots he attempted between 10 and 15 feet of the basket. He remains an excellent free-throw shooter. Redick works hard to stay in shape; last year, he won the team’s “Iron Magic” award for his performance on a variety of strength, agility and conditioning tests.”
  • The Orlando Magic will host an open practice at the Amway Center on Sunday.
  • Jameer Nelson got the day off from Magic practice earlier today.
  • According to one writer, head coach Stan Van Gundy should never wear a tie.
  • Van Gundy on Ryan Anderson: “I don’t think people realize how good he is. Because he is a very good 3-point shooter people tend to look at him as a one dimensional guy, but that’s not even close to true,” Van Gundy said. “He can really put the ball on the floor, he’ll make good passes, he can score in the post and he’s an outstanding rebounder. As a rebounder, people have the wrong impression of him. [Fans] talk about our need for rebounding and I hear a lot of names come up, but right now Ryan’s our second-best rebounder behind Dwight [Howard].”
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com has more on Anderson: “The impact that offseason work made on Redick and [Marcin] Gortat’s careers didn’t go unnoticed by Anderson, who entered the offseason looking to get stronger so that he could be more forceful inside and play more minutes at power forward when Rashard Lewis shifts to small forward. And all of the hard work that he has done is paying off now as Anderson has been one of the Magic’s best preseason players through training camp and three exhibition games. […] The ability to play rugged basketball and hold his own in the paint comes, of course, after a summer in which Anderson rarely took a day off and put his body through the paces. He worked out three times a day for four days a week, lifting weights in the morning, shoot hundreds of jumpers in the afternoon and then doing boxing drills to build stamina. And on the one day that he wasn’t doing those exercises, Anderson was with [Joe] Rogowski outside on the track doing 800-meter runs in the blazing summer heat.  Almost immediately, Anderson began to see results from his sessions. Once able to bench-press no more than 185 pounds, he now can do a set of four repetitions of 225 pounds. His vertical leap went up three inches and his times in the 800-meter runs dropped from 4 minutes to 3 minutes.”
  • Contrary to popular belief, Anderson is not a shooting specialist. Far from it.
  • According to a few NBA head coaches, if you hold an opponent to a field goal percentage of 45 percent or lower, the chances of winning games are high. John Schuhmann of NBA.com investigates whether this is true or not: ” Now, this is obviously a simplistic way of looking at things. For one, saying that holding opponents under 45 percent doesn’t account for how well your team does offensively. And second, there are other factors that affect how good your defense is: your opponents’ 3-point shooting, forcing turnovers, fouling, and rebounding. If you keep your opponent under 45 percent shooting, but allow them to get to the line 40 times in a game, they’re probably still going to score a lot of points. You’ve also got to control the boards, obviously. It’s possible that neither O’Brien nor Collins are versed in advanced statistics and would rather talk points per game and field goal percentage than points per possession. It’s also possible that they have autographed copies of Basketball on Paper, but prefer to keep things simple for their players and the media.”
  • Marcin Gortat spent time at the power forward position during scrimmages.
  • Hakeem Olajuwon’s positive impact on Dwight Howard. From the Associated Press: “Dwight Howard had heard it all before, people offering constructive criticism and invitations to improve his game – he never really seriously listened. Until he received a phone call from Hakeem Olajuwon. […] Olajuwon’s call, which came when the Magic were down 3-0 to the Celtics in last season’s series, pushed Howard to almost single-handedly force the series to six games. Howard shed his happy-go-lucky attitude and became a one-man wrecking crew, giving a glimpse of all that untapped offensive potential so many have craved from the NBA’s twice reigning defensive player of the year. There just wasn’t enough to show. Olajuwon, given Howard’s phone number after meeting his mother at a Magic game in Texas, met with Howard in Houston immediately after the series. The pair trained for five days during the NBA finals. They worked for three hours a day, drilled on post moves, face-up jumpers, baby hooks, pump fakes and even some of those famous “Dream” shakes. Olajuwon also stressed the need for Howard to be mentally stronger, tone down his playfulness and maintain focus.”
  • Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference predicts the NBA leaderboard.
  • Apparently, Van Gundy is still allowed to wear turtlenecks.
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera


Yeah, Gibson is actually. He's a career 42 percent three-point shooter.


JJ isn't that hot.

And Daniel Gibson is a "Shooting Specialist"?? Ok.