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Dec 22

Wednesday’s Magic Word

  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Remember all those lofty goals the [Orlando] Magic always had high on their wish list to start a season? Best regular-season record, playoff seeding, home-court advantage. Well, the mission statement has changed dramatically. It’s not that the Magic won’t want to win every game, but there’s truly a bigger picture to evaluate now in the [Stan] Van Gundy era. Right now, after making two blockbuster trades, they are basically in a training-camp mode, just trying to find some cohesion with four new players. And more could be on the way as Orlando desperately needs another big man. The Magic might not have this thing totally squared away until, oh, the February all-star break.”
  • Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “Between the gun incident, the injuries, the injury faking and everything else that happened in Washington, Gilbert Arenas makes it no secret that he’s happy to no longer be with the Wizards. But it’s not just the off-the-court incidents that make him happy to be part of the Orlando Magic. It’s basketball, too. He’s surrounded by a collection of talent he’s never played with before in the NBA, but it’s even more than that. It’s the way the Magic play.”
  • For the most part, Magic fans are energized with the trades that occurred on Saturday.
  • Kevin McHale and Chris Webber, analysts on NBA TV, like the new-look Orlando Magic.
  • Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post has locker room notes and commentary after the Magic’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks in last night’s game. Check it out.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “The Orlando Magic clearly need time, space, maybe fewer back-to-backs, and a chance at not playing two pretty good teams before they can get things right again.”
  • Hedo Turkoglu gets blocked by the rim on a dunk attempt.
  • Eric Freeman and Bethlehem Shoals at NBA FanHouse debate the merits of whether or not it makes sense for Gilbert Arenas to pay tribute to Penny Hardaway by wearing No. 1 on his uniform. An excerpt from Shoals: “I don’t think there’s any risk here of Arenas becoming so great in Orlando that he’s the No. 1 retired — and at one point, that seemed the risk with McGrady. But I agree that this doesn’t really do much to keep Penny’s memory out there in public. When players wear No. 23 because of Jordan, they’re referencing a player who everyone still recalls vividly. There are players entering the league now who don’t know how ridiculous pre-surgery Penny was.”
  • Will Arenas honor Hardaway’s number?
  • writers debate the Magic’s trades. John Schuhmann chimes in: “As someone who picked them to win the championship, I hope they’re better! There’s no clear explanation for why a team that was so good last season was playing so mediocre this year. If the trade invigorates Gilbert and Hedo, the Magic should be improved offensively, and that’s the area where they’ve really fallen off. The defense will likely suffer, but with Dwight [Howard] in the middle and Stan on the bench, they’re still going to be good on that end. So as long as the new guys play well, they will be better overall.”