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Dec 01

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Suddenly, Rashard Lewis’ stats are meaning out to his career average. Lewis made 7-of-10 field goals for a game-high 20 points in the Orlando Magic’s 90-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, and his horrid start to the season appears to be what he’s said all along – not that big of a deal. […] Lewis – and his 7-year, $118 million dollar contract that gets mentioned as much as his name – began the year looking washed up, averaging 10.3 points and shooting just 30.6 percent from three-point range. Because Lewis contributes very little outside of scoring, his poor shooting put him in the crosshairs of upset fans. At the time, Lewis let the negativity roll off his back and expressed confidence his shot would come around. He’s in his 13th season, after all – he’s been through a few shooting slumps in his day.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando faced some tests early in the season. There was a game in Miami on the second leg of a back-to-back. There were home games against the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz. And the team faced the San Antonio Spurs in Texas and the Miami Heat at Amway Center during a three-day span. But the fact remains that the Magic played 11 of their first 17 games against teams that currently have losing records. The Magic started their season 13-4, but the team notched wins at New Jersey, at Indiana and at Washington only after Jameer Nelson or Dwight Howard scored go-ahead baskets in the games’ final minute. The Bulls, the Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks should be just as tough, if not tougher.”
  • Charles Barkley thinks the Chicago Bulls are going to win the Eastern Conference.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post with the biggest Orlando Magic-related news of the day: “The Orlando Magic have engaged the Washington Wizards in an ongoing trade dialog centered around Wizards shooting guard Gilbert Arenas, Orlando Pinstriped Post has learned. What Orlando would send Washington in return for the three-time All-Star is less clear, but the proposed deal likely includes shooting guard Vince Carter, according to a source. Wizards big man Andray Blatche, Magic forward Rashard Lewis, and Magic center Daniel Orton could also be involved. Both teams have a mutual understanding of what the trade might include, the source says, and it’s unclear what factors are holding up the trade. What is clear around the league, however, is that Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith has his eye on Arenas. If Orlando is to make a major trade this season, Arenas will likely be the target.”
  • Royce Young of chimes in on Dunlap’s report: “An interesting deal, especially if Blatche were involved, considering the Wizards just locked him up to be part of their future. But swapping Carter for Arenas makes sense because it gives the Magic the scorer they want and with Carter’s deal being up soon, the Wizards have a nice contract to come off the books in the near future, plus can hand the reins of the team completely over to Wall.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk wonders if Gilbert Arenas is the answer for the Magic.
  • Zach Lowe of The Point Forward: “Taking on Arenas without getting rid of other long-term obligations puts Orlando in a difficult cap situation and could easily result in the team’s being stuck with a long-term core of Arenas, Lewis, Dwight Howard and Nelson. That’s not a bad core, but it’s not a championship-level core, either, unless Orlando can find supplementary talent elsewhere.”
  • Arie Stark of Dime Magazine remembers when Shaquille O’Neal, who left Orlando as a free agent in 1996, made his first return to the City Beautiful as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers: “Shaq left Orlando on bitter terms with the organization after not being compensated adequately. In his first trip back to Orlando after signing with the Lakers after the 1995-96 season, Shaq produced 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks but was outshined that night by Nick Anderson who went off for 30 points – including the game-winning three-pointer. To add insult to injury, Anderson mocked Shaq’s celebratory dance after his big shot.”
  • Dwight Howard makes fun of Derek Anderson’s now-infamous rant.
  • Ken Berger of “Since being reinserted into the starting lineup eight games ago, Arenas has been consistently exceeding 30 minutes a night and has scored at least 20 points in five of those games. While the Magic have let it be known that they’re willing to make a big deal if it involves trading anyone except Dwight Howard, sources say there has been no movement on the Arenas front since the aforementioned discussions fell apart.”

I'm not sure If this guy Arenas is the right one for the Magic, I mean, If we get this guy will the Magic increase its chances of a Championship? I don't think so... what you think guys?