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Dec 14

Sneak Preview: Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets

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  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Stan Van Gundy doesn’t expect the Orlando Magic to rank near the top of the league in fastbreak points, but the current state of affairs is, in his words, “absurd.” And that’s being charitable. Orlando entered Monday ranked dead last in the NBA in fastbreak points by a shocking margin. The Magic average only 7.6 fastbreak points per game, almost 2.5 fewer than the 29th-ranked team. […] The Magic never will be among the league leaders in fastbreak points because of Van Gundy’s scheme. The coach insists that all five of his players who are on the court, even the guards, hit the defensive boards hard. Some other teams leave the bulk of their defensive rebounding to their frontcourt players, who, in turn, can throw a deep outlet pass to a streaking point guard. Van Gundy knows, therefore, that his team almost certainly won’t be in the top third of the league in fastbreak points. But he still thinks the Magic should be “in the middle of the pack somewhere” and can average 12 to 14 fastbreak points a game. The lack of easy baskets in transition puts pressure on the entire offense. It can relegate the Magic to playing a halfcourt game exclusively, after opponents set their defense and become more difficult to break down.”
  • John Denton of “Possibly coming to a sideline someday sooner rather than later: A tattooed, twang-talking point guard-turned-coach who is able to command respect both because of the way he visualizes and verbalizes the game and also for the way that he plays it. Clearly, at 35 years old and 12 years into his NBA career, Orlando Magic point guard Jason Williams has hit the twilight of his playing days. That thought has already hit Williams and those around him think that he would someday make a great coach because of his ability to see the game and verbalize it even if it’s often peppered with the aforementioned twang and some blue language. Just imagine — the flashy player once known as `White Chocolate’ could be viewed someday soon as `Old Faithful’ the coach. […] While Williams has admittedly pondered a future in coaching, he’s not ready to let go of his playing days just yet. Back in the mix as Jameer Nelson’s backup at point guard, Williams has given the Magic a spark recently because of his ability to push the ball on the break and get the Magic (15-7) in a good rhythm. He’ll be in that backup spot again Tuesday night when the Magic face the Denver Nuggets (14-9) because of Chris Duhon’s struggles on the court and his lingering lower back pain.”
  • Ryan Casey of The Denver Post: “Back in Denver, away from the New York microscope — origin of the latest round of trade rumors — Carmelo Anthony let out a sigh today in the tunnels of the Pepsi Center. He was welcomed with more questions about a possible trade. The forward was the center of trade talk when the Nuggets were in New York to play the Knicks, reporting that Anthony would only sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension if he was traded to the Knicks. Sunday afternoon, multiple sources refuted that report to The Denver Post.”
  • Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post: “The intoxicating anthem wafted inside Madison Square Garden before and after Sunday’s Nuggets-Knicks game: the new “New York, New York.” […] It’s a song, frankly, that makes you rather be nowhere else. Which, of course, made Carmelo Anthony’s presence that much more eerie. The Nuggets all-star is likely headed to New York (or New Jersey, which soon means Brooklyn, where Melo lived until he was 8). A source told that Anthony will sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension only if he’s traded to the Knicks. But on Sunday afternoon, multiple sources refuted this alleged ultimatum to The Denver Post. All fall, sources have routinely said that Anthony will likely sign the deal and then be traded, by the trade deadline, to either New York or New Jersey. Anthony, meanwhile, has been coy in public. But Sunday, after scoring 31 points in Denver’s defenseless 129-125 loss, Anthony admitted in regard to the extension that “whatever decision that I make, that’s the first thing I get done” is to sign the deal.”
  • Dave Krieger of The Denver Post: “Melo in Manhattan on Sunday was a predictable romantic comedy with a happy ending for the home folks. Unfortunately, it appears that ending is only just now dawning on the Nuggets’ latest brain trust. Even without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have a better record than the Nuggets after their entertaining but defenseless win at Madison Square Garden. For Melo, who professes to be all about winning, playing alongside Amar’e Stoudemire is looking better and better. Playing for the Nets, who made the best trade offer from the Nuggets’ standpoint, is looking worse and worse. They’re terrible again. They’re also playing in Newark, N.J., for another year and a half. The Nuggets hoped that waiting to make a deal would help their bargaining position, perhaps by making the Nets appear more attractive than they did a year ago. Instead, it’s had the opposite effect. More and more it’s looking like their only trade option is the Knicks.”

Read an article on Shatter the Glass that the Magic should attempt to work a deal for Melo and I couldn't agree more. If he goes, and he and Dwight win a title together, you have to figure he'd love to stay in sunny Florida with a brand new arena with the best center in the league. The Magic should do everything in their power to dump Lewis. The Magic have to consider the biggest waste of money in franchise history at this point. Seriously how much worse can he get?


For December Rashard Lewis stats:
12.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1 stl per game @ 42% fg in 34.1 mins
Bass Stats:
13.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, i block per game @ 57.4% fg in 26.6 mins
This inspite of the fact that Bass isnt a 3 point shooter