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Nov 16

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “To paraphrase Brent Musburger, you are looking live at Richie Adubato‘s closet. It’s the biggest one in the roomy house in Heathrow, and it contains more bright, wild colors than a kid’s crayon box. You could probably see the purple smoking jacket and pink tie collection from outer space — without Google Earth. Richie’s doting wife, Carol, is his fashion consultant. She obviously has a flair for the dramatic, given her background as an off-Broadway actress and budding stand-up comedian. A youthful-looking 72, Adubato will tell you he started donning his neon wardrobe to impress players and gain their acceptance at three NBA stops as a head coach (including an interim gig with the [Orlando] Magic) and two jobs with the WNBA. These days, Richie’s on the radio, you see. Or you don’t see. He could wear an entire line from Sears men’s outdoor department and no listeners would be the wiser, even if that plum jacket is louder than a bullhorn. But then Adubato’s very nature is to put technicolor into his job as the Magic’s color analyst, flavored by bold splashes of humor.
  • Give Schmitz’s feature on Richie Adubato a read. It’s fantastic.
  • J.J. Redick is day-to-day with back spasms.
  • Matt Barnes on the Orlando Magic: “When they played [the] Heat, I saw them get blown out because they couldn’t handle the wings. I feel for the guys on the team but it’s definitely a business.”
  • Let the record state that the Magic rank second in Defensive Rating this season and even though it’s early, they’re giving up less points per 100 possessions than last year.
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Thanks to AirTran Airways’ partnerships with the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard, a life-sized likeness of Superman himself is now flying through the terrace level of the dazzling, new Amway Center. AirTran, a ‘Champions of the Community’ partner with the Magic, unveiled a suspended, 6-foot-11 likeness of the Orlando’s consensus All-NBA center on Tuesday. The image is a replica of Howard in full-flight from his famous ‘Superman’ dunk from the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The display also incorporates AirTran Business Class seats, allowing fans to take their pictures with the image of Howard flying overhead.”
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “[Redick] has struggled mightily with his shot this season, at 27.1 percent from the field and 12 percent from three-point range. As a result, he owns the worst True Shooting mark (37.5 percent) of any perimeter player with at least 150 minutes this season; league-wide, only stone-handed bigs Reggie Evans (27.1 percent), Darko Milicic (33.8 percent), and Greg Monroe (35.2 percent) are worse.
  • Dwight Howard wants to get more friendly with NBA referees.
  • Howard gives Brandon Bass a shout-out on his official blog: “Today, I want to give a shout out to my main man, Brandon ‘Black’ Bass. He’s finally getting to play this season and he’s doing a lot of good things off the bench to help us. The thing about Black is that he plays so hard and that’s what we need out of him. When he does that we play really well. We’re really good friends and we hang out a lot together off the court. I know he was frustrated last season when he wasn’t playing, but he’s doing a better job of focusing on his defense and rebounding now.”
  • Howard visits the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and there’s video of it.
  • Head coach Stan Van Gundy is thoroughly impressed with Mickael Pietrus‘ defense — for now.
  • Zach Lowe of The Point Forward on the Magic’s slow start on offense: “The Magic rank just 18th in points per possession after finishing in the top five last season. Your initial instinct might be to dismiss the early drop as the product of a temporary cold-shooting streak. J.J. Redick and Quentin Richardson are both shooting under 30 percent, and Rashard Lewis is barely trumping them at 37 percent. Those numbers will correct themselves soon. Lewis, though, bears watching. He’s 31, and he is coming off the worst season of his career save for his rookie year. His field-goal percentage has declined every year since 2005-06, and his defense this season has looked shakier than ever, regardless of whether Stan Van Gundy has played at him small forward or power forward. About that positional tinkering: I at first chalked it up as a smart move by Van Gundy to make Orlando’s offense less predictable by occasionally shifting Lewis to the 3-spot and integrating both Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson. But I’m wondering now if it might be Van Gundy’s way of acknowledging that Lewis is not the same player he was two seasons ago. If that’s the case, the foundation of Orlando’s offense might be in jeopardy. This is a team that succeeds in part by surrounding Dwight Howard with long-range shooters, and Lewis’ ability to provide prolific three-point shooting at power forward has been critical to that philosophy. If he can no longer do that reliably, Orlando has more tinkering to do than we thought — unless Anderson can secure consistent playing time and do the job.”
  • Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider breaks down Orlando’s poor three-point shooting.
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