- Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Rashard Lewis is a team-first guy, always quick to mention his teammates before himself when asked about his individual achievements or desires. But throughout the preseason and the early part of the season, one thing’s evident: Lewis loves playing small forward. He played the four during the first three years in Orlando after playing the three his entire career in Seattle. Playing power forward, a position many critics didn’t think he could play, was something Lewis did without complaint. Tonight he will get his second start at small forward as a member of the [Orlando] Magic, and he’s again doing so without complaint. In his first start at the three, he admitted feeling “anxious” before the game and it showed in his play. He’s feeling better before tonight’s game.”
- Ryan Anderson calls Brook Lopez “a horrible friend.”
- Can head coach Stan Van Gundy keep the point guards happy?
- Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Owing to the cancellation of their preseason finale and the postponement of a game earlier this week against the New York Knicks, the Orlando Magic haven’t played many games lately, suiting up just three times in the last eight days and ten times in the last 31. That’s strange enough. Potentially weirder, though, is the Magic haven’t so much as played a competitive game in far longer. […] Indeed, we have to go back to May 24th–a 96-92 overtime Orlando win over Boston in Game Four–to find the last compelling contest the Magic played. That’s 165 days without a particularly competitive Magic game.”
- Is tension a good thing for the Orlando Magic?
- Scott Carefoot of The Basketball Jones on Dwight Howard: “It’s still early, but those off-season sessions spent learning post moves from Hakeem Olajuwon look like they paid off. Previously, he was unlikely to try to score outside of the low-post unless there was no other option. Based on the assortment of turnaround and mid-range jumpers he’s showcased in this first three games this season, it should only be a matter of time before the Magic start running their offense through him. Oh yeah, he’s still pretty all right on defense and on the boards.”
- Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk keeps it real: “Players like routine. They like minutes, but they also like regular rotations. Van Gundy may be less into the routine than other coaches, but [Mickael] Pietrus has to live with it. Want more minutes? Defend, ball hard, force him to play you because he can’t take you out. At the end of the day, that’s all you can do.”