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Oct 15

Friday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: Magic forward Malik Allen said he hadn’t thought about what happened to him in Orlando three years ago. And that, folks, is a good thing. A great thing, actually. It means Malik’s ticker is ticking like it should. Allen was with the Chicago Bulls in 2007 when he suddenly left the bench during the second quarter of a game against the [Orlando] Magic. He had developed an irregular heartbeat — heart arrhythmia — and had to be taken to an Orlando hospital for an eventual two-day stay after being evaluated by Magic team doctors. Cardiologists in Chicago later diagnosed his condition as atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting about 2.2 million Americans. Obviously, Allen passed all the tests and is fine today. He did reveal to me that he has only had to use medication once to blunt a mini-episode since that scary night in Orlando.”
  • Daniel Orton‘s knee is fine. Now he needs to lose weight.
  • Want to know why there was a lighting malfunction at the Amway Center last night? Here’s the answer: “Magic spokesman Joel Glass said that the arena’s main lights typically are shielded to darken the arena when the home starters are introduced. But Glass said someone on Thursday actually turned off the lights instead of covering them. The lights then had to cool off before they would illuminate again.”
  • More from Schmitz: “It’s no secret that Magic power forward Brandon Bass wants to find a place to play, whether it’s in Orlando or somewhere else. And the way he’s played lately, he might get his wish — and my guess is the Magic are only waiting for the right deal to come along. Bass is showcasing his talents for other teams, such as the Indiana Pacers, who need power-forward help. Trouble is, the Pacers want to give up Dahntay Jones or Solomon Jones. I can’t imagine the Magic being interested, unless the Pacers give up a first-round pick. Bass put together his second consecutive solid game Thursday night, and you know what was odd about it? Coach Stan Van Gundy started his second team and the rainy-day lineup didn’t include Bass. So he wasn’t even in the top 10.”
  • Interesting.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel assesses the Magic’s pre-season up to this point.
  • Get to know more about Jason Williams.
  • Brandon Bass has been improving, especially on defense.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post chimes in on the impact Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon have been able to make for Orlando. Needless to say, Richardson and Duhon are glad they’re not with the Knicks anymore.
  • Some locker room observations from the Magic’s win against the Charlotte Bobcats last night: “Bobcats forward Darius Miles visited Richardson in the Magic’s locker room immediately following the game. Miles was already decked out in designer jeans, a collared shirt, a baseball cap, and top-of-the-line headphones, while Richardson had only just emerged from the shower. The former Clippers teammates chatted privately in front of Richardson’s locker for a few minutes before Miles departed.”
  • According to Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones, head coach Stan Van Gundy is a “screaming, mustachioed class act.”
  • Ben Golliver of thinks Van Gundy set a dangerous precedent with his apology.
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  • Dwight Howard thinks he’ll get accustomed to the new technical foul rule, thanks to prep school. Here’s what Howard had to say: “I went to a private school growing up. They had a lot of crazy rules, rules you didn’t agree with, rules you didn’t necessarily think were right, but you just had to (live by them). They want us to cut down on talking to the refs, as hard as that may be. We’ve adjusted to everything else that’s put out there. So we’ll adjust.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Van Gundy had every right to see his backups play and see how they would do — it’s preseason. But credit the coach for seeing the big picture and feeling bad about it.”
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I tend to agree that Bass is being showcased to generate interest in him. I just don't know what Otis would want in exchange.