- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy didn’t have any time to relax once he learned about the postponement of Tuesday night’s game against the New York Knicks. Van Gundy had to start preparing for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He planned to review T-Wolves video on the plane flight from Newark, N.J., back to Central Florida. Still, Van Gundy doesn’t operate in a vacuum. He already knows that the Timberwolves employ a front line of Michael Beasley, Kevin Love and Darko Milicic, and those players are listed at 6 feet 10 or taller. […] Love hurt Orlando last season, averaging 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the T-Wolves’ two losses to the Magic. Van Gundy acknowledged that C Marcin Gortat might receive some playing time at power forward.”
- Head coach Stan Van Gundy: “It’s crazy. I’ve never been through it ever — ever — in 26 or 27 years of coaching, going back to college. I had never had a game canceled. And now two in two weeks? It’s crazy.”
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- Zach McCann has an update on the back-up point forward situation.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Rashard Lewis turned on his cell phone following an afternoon nap, saw a text message that the Orlando Magic’s Tuesday night game against the New York Knicks had been cancelled and chuckled, thinking it was some sort of weird joke. After all, it was just 12 days ago that the Magic had their final preseason game against the Miami Heat cancelled because of a slick floor at Tampa’s St. Pete Times Forum. Thinking there’s no way the team would ever have two games cancelled in two weeks time, Lewis though he was being duped.”
- Proposed nickname for the Orlando Magic bench? The Scorceror’s Apprentices.
- Scott Horlbeck of the Dime Magazine thinks the Magic will win the Eastern Conference this year: “Marcin Gortat could be the best back up center in the NBA. He’s long, athletic, and according to Mark Cuban, he’s worth a five-year, $34 million contract. Brandon Bass was born to play in the playoffs. Who doesn’t want a guy with a nonstop motor. Someone who enjoys crashing the boards and playing through contact. Then there’s Superman. The two-time defensive MVP took his talents to Hakeem this summer and enrolled in his prestigious “Post Move Academy.” (Kobe enrolled last offseason and came away with some jewelry.) If Dwight can develop a couple go-to moves down at the block, which we’ve seen so far, he may be the most dominant post player we’ve seen since Shaq. His athleticism, defense prowess and new found offensive skills could make him a nightmare for teams who are small upfront. Combine that with the Magic’s ability to spread the floor and shoot the three, I’m not sure how you would defend them. You double Dwight [Howard], they hit a three, you don’t double Dwight, he dunks on your center. With the Magic’s playoff experience, offensive fire power, and ability to control the paint, I like them to win the East this year.”
Re: Scott Horlbeck of the Dime Magazine thoughts
It sounds good in theory, I hope the Magic makes it on the court. This bad taste in my mouth has been prolonged 24 hours more after yesterday's non-game night.